2 boaters rescued at sea Saturday to arrive in Wilmington, Del., Monday

5th Coast Guard District News
PHILADELPHIA — Two Swedish boaters rescued at sea Saturday are scheduled to arrive in Wilmington, Del., Monday at approximately 7 p.m. after being rescued from their sailboat Saturday approximately 100 miles southwest of Bermuda.

A 35-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were aboard the 33-foot Swedish-flagged sailboat Bull when it started taking on water.

Watchstanders at the 5th Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Va., began rescue coordination efforts after receiving a distress notification from the Bull’s emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia also assisted with the case.

Crewmembers from the motor vessel Crown Sapphire rescue two people aboard the sailing vessel Bull Saturday, March 8, 2014. The 33-foot veiling vessel was equipped with an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), which was activated after the vessel began taking on water. (Photo courtesy of Motor Vessel Crown Sapphire)

Crewmembers from the motor vessel Crown Sapphire rescue two people aboard the sailing vessel Bull Saturday, March 8, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Motor Vessel Crown Sapphire)

The crew of the 498-foot Panamanian-flagged motor vessel Crown Sapphire, an Amver ship, altered course to render assistance. Once on scene, the Crown Sapphire crew safely embarked the two distressed boaters, who were in the sailboat’s life raft.

A C-130 aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., was launched to conduct search efforts, but returned before arriving on scene due to the Crown Sapphire’s response.

Amver, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.

“This case is a perfect example of why equipping your vessel with a properly registered EPIRB can pay off so well,” said Capt. Kathleen Moore, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “The operators of the sailing vessel Bull owe their lives to this $400 piece of equipment and to the crew of the Crown Sapphire.”

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