AMVER ship assists sailors 780 miles northeast of Cape Cod

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON – Two sailors were rescued from their sailing vessel by the motor vessel Kim Jacob at about 12 p.m. Wednesday, approximately 780 miles northeast of Cape Cod, Mass.

At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, Watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center in Boston received a report from a man aboard the Triumph, stating that he and his wife were aboard, the sails were broken, the engine was disabled and the boat was taking on water.

Both sailors donned lifejackets and activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).

Due to the distance offshore, the Coast Guard contacted vessels in the area to assist. The 899-foot motor vessel Kim Jacob, a Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System member, responded to the distress call.

The Kim Jacob crew arrived on-scene at approximately 12 p.m. Wednesday and safely rescued the couple from the Triumph.

The man was treated for mild hypothermia.

The Kim Jacob is en-route Port Tupper, Nova Scotia and is expected to arrive at 12 p.m. Friday.

“The AMVER program is invaluable to us in extending our search-and-rescue capabilities outisde the normal operating area of our Coast Guard resources,” said Rick Arsenault, from the Coast Guard First District command center. “This volunteer program provides a surface picture of readily availalble vessels who volunteer their services to search-and-rescue coordinators during cases.”

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

AMVER, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, 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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