AMVER ship assists mariners 1,250 miles southeast of Nantucket

BOSTON — Coast Guard crews are coordinating a rescue for a sailing vessel approximately 1,250 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., Monday.

Watchstanders from the 1st District Command Center received a distress signal from a personal locator beacon at approximately 8:30 a.m. from the 40-foot sailing vessel Wacawa. Two Canadian mariners are reported to be aboard the vessel.

The mariners were sailing from Spain to Canada when the vessel started experiencing foul weather and diverted off course towards New York. On their new course they activated their personal locator beacon due too one of the mariners suffering from chest pains.

Due to the distance offshore, the Coast Guard contacted vessels in the area to assist. The 506-foot motor vessel Renate Schulte, an Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System member, responded to the distress call.

“The Coast Guard relies heavily on our AMVER vessels to respond during these long ranged cases,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joquin Alayola, a 1st District Command Center search and rescue controller. “This extends our search and rescue capabilities outside the normal operating area.”

The Coast Guard recommends all boaters always wear their lifejackets and have a working VHF marine-band radio, EPIRB and emergency signaling equipment aboard their vessel at all times while underway.

AMVER is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.

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