Coast Guard and AMVER vessel rescue Canadian man, dog at sea

BOSTON — Coast Guard search and rescue crews and Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue Program partners assisted in the rescue of a Canadian man and his dog in distress approximately 500 nautical miles east of Cape Cod Tuesday.

Coast Guard watchstanders from the 1st Coast Guard District received the initial distress call from the captain of the sailing vessel Atins stating that the vessel had broken lines and was adrift but not in danger at around 4 p.m. Monday.

At approximately 8:43 a.m. Tuesday, the Atins’s captain placed a second call stating that the weather was worse and he requested assistance for himself and his dog. Search and rescue coordinaters from the 1st District Command Center initiated the AMVER alert system. The motor tanker Artic Bay was diverted and was the first on scene. The Artic Bay recovered the captain and his dog and are transporting both back to France.

“The AMVER system has been in place since the Titanic tragedy 100 years ago,” said Petty Officer First Class Joaquin Alayola, a search and rescue controller at the 1st Coast Guard District. “This system, and the mariners who subscribe to it, contributed to the safe rescue of the captain and his dog.”

AMVER, sponsored by the United States 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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