Watchstanders from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax notified Coast Guard watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District’s command center at about 5 p.m. Sunday that the 44-foot sailing vessel Alien 1 was disabled with two people aboard.
Another vessel, the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier Odysseas L, which initially notified RCC Halifax that the Alien 1 was in distress, agreed to remain on scene with Alien 1 until help arrived.
The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston, responded to the distress. Once on scene, a rescue crew aboard Spencer’s small boat transferred the two people from Alien 1 to the Spencer.
The cutter took the Alien 1 in tow and is currently making way toward land.
“The Alien 1 crew were lucky to have the Odysseas L nearby and willing to assist,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Glenn Jimenez, a watchstander at the Coast Guard command center. “This case is a great example of the strong partnerships we have with the maritime community and international search and rescue responders.”