AMVER Ship Rescues Two From Sailing Vessel Stray Dog

HONOLULU — U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators here teamed with a container ship crew to rescue a sailing vessel crew Tuesday, approximately 2,240 nautical miles south of the main Hawaiian Islands.

U.S. Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) watchstanders here received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) 406 MHz alert at approximately 4:30 a.m. JRCC coordinators then issued a “Safety Net” broadcast asking for any Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) system vessels in the area to assist.

The crew of the container ship Mineral Noble immediately responded to the broadcast. The crew of the Mineral Noble made communication with the sailing vessel, Stray Dog, and discovered the sailing vessel was taking on water. The crew of the Mineral Noble arrived on scene at 3:30 p.m. and transferred the two people aboard their ship.

“In a situation like this, it really shows why the AMVER system can play an important part in our search and rescue operations,” said Lt. Miles Jenkins, a search and rescue controller with the JRCC. “The boat was in immediate danger, and it would have taken more than seven hours for an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Barbers Point to arrive on scene; we would not have been able to get there fast enough. We are thankful that mariners who are part of this system are always willing to go out of their way to help other mariners.”

AMVER, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

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