Coast Guard Assists Ecuadorian Tall Ship

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Chetco River, Ore., came to the aid of the Ecuadorian tall ship Guayas at approximately 11 p.m. Friday as the 151-person crew of the vessel sought shelter from 15-foot seas and 40-knot winds while transiting from Panama to Victoria, Canada.

Coast Guard Group North Bend, Ore., received radio contact from the 257-foot tall ship requesting navigational information and a safe place to anchor due to inclement weather.

A 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Chetco River, Ore., escorted the Guayas 500 yards south of the Chetco River entrance buoy, where the Guayas anchored to the sea floor. Coast Guard crewmembers then discovered the Guayas had no navigational charts of the local area. They returned to the station, waterproofed several local charts and provided the ship with the required information via a heaving line, because weather conditions prevented the Coast Guard members from embarking the ship.

Within a few hours Coast Guard Cutter Alert, homeported in Astoria, Ore., and an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Northbend, Ore., were also on scene to assist the Guayas.

The captain of the Guayas requested further navigational information beyond Station Chetco River’s area of response, and Coast Guard Cutter Alert provided the ship with more navigational charts so the ship could safely navigate to its final destination.

The Coast Guard kept in radio contact with the Guayas throughout the night, and at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday, once visibility was clear, the Guayas pulled anchor and departed for Victoria.

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