AMVER vessel crew rescues sailor, assists Coast Guard in search for sailor’s wife off Bermuda

Coast Guard District 5 NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is searching the Atlantic Ocean 285 miles northwest of Bermuda for a woman who was washed overboard from the 38-foot sailing vessel Triple Stars, Friday.

Coast Guard watchstanders received notification of a broadcast from an emergency position indicating radio beacon assigned to the vessel at 1:39 p.m. Friday.

Approximately 5 minutes later, Coast Guard watchstanders received a radio distress report from the sailing master of the Triple Stars, stating that his wife had been washed overboard by a 30-foot wave.

Using AMVER, the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, the Coast Guard directed the AMVER merchant vessel High Jupiter to the location of the broadcast.

The Coast Guard also launched an HC-130 Hercules rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to assist in the search.

At approximately 5 p.m., the High Jupiter arrived at the sailing vessel location and removed the remaining crewmember from the Triple Stars while continuing the search.

The Triple Stars crew left Newport, R.I. en route to St. Martin while participating in the 12th annual NARC Rally.

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