Coast Guard coordinates rescue of adrift sailing vessel

Coast Guard District 5 NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders at the 5th Coast Guard District Command Center coordinated the rescue of four people 180 nautical miles northwest of Bermuda with the assistance of a ship, Sunday evening.

The Rescue Coordination Centre Bermuda contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 3 a.m., reporting that one person aboard the Elle sustained injuries to his ribs, the vessel lost steering capabilities and became adrift.

In response to an enhanced group calling, the Oleander, a vessel of the Bernhard Schulte Ship Management, diverted to the Elle’s location and rescued the four people aboard the Elle at approximately 11 a.m.

The Oleander crew and the rescued are en route to Bermuda.

“The RCC Bermuda was the only agency that had good communications with the vessel,” said Lt. Victor Almodovar, a search and rescue controller at the 5th District Command Center. “Without the coordination with the rescue center, we would not have been able to relay the information to the Elle.”

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