Coast Guard assisting sailor caught in rough weather

BOSTON – As offshore weather continues to deteriorate, a Coast Guard cutter is en route to remove a sailor from his disabled vessel, which is drifting through 12-foot seas about 270 miles east of Chatham, Mass., today.

Raymon Collon departed Halifax, Canada in the 29-foot sailing vessel Grail Pilgrin bound for Bermuda, but experienced an engine failure early this morning. He contacted Joint Rescue Coordination Center Halifax to request assistance. The JRCC notified the U.S. Coast Guard First District Command Center staff at 1:45 a.m., today, who instructed the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma to assist Collon.

The Tahoma, homeported in Kittery, Maine, is currently traveling at 12 knots and is expected to arrive on scene with the Grail Pilgrin about 9 p.m., today at the cutter’s present speed.

The Coast Guard Command Center staff is working with the JRCC staff to maintain communications with the French-speaking sailor until the cutter arrives on scene.

“Fortunately we have an excellent working relationship with our Canadian partners,” said Lt. j.g. Andrew Madjeska, a search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard First District Command Center. “With a mariner in distress so very far offshore, our coordination is extremely important.”

Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., is on standby to assist if needed.

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