Coast Guard coordinates rescue of three from vessel 140 miles off Bermuda

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules aircraft file photo.

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules aircraft file photo.

PORTSMOUTH, Va— The Coast Guard assisted in the rescue of three boaters from their sailing vessel approximately 140 miles North East of Bermuda, Saturday morning.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s 5th District Command Center received notification from the Bermuda Rescue Coordination Center that a personal locator beacon was activated, watchstanders then determined the location of the three boaters in distress aboard the Esmeralda.

The captain of the sailing vessel informed the Bermuda Rescue Coordination Center that he had activated his emergency position indicating radio beacon after his concern about staying aboard due to adverse weather and high seas.

District five watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130J Hercules aircrew and activated the AMVER System to alert vessels in the area to the emergent situation and request assistance from them.

The vehicle carrier vessel Paganella answered the call and diverted to the disabled sailing vessel and was able to safely recover and transfer the three mariners onboard. The Paganella and the three Canadian mariners are now en route to New York.

No injuries were reported.

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  1. Danny says:

    I would like to clarify this story with some first-hand details. The reason we needed to be extracted was due to a medical emergency of one of the occupants. We were attempting to get to Bermuda ourselves for medical care, but were stuck in contrary winds and high seas before we could arrive. We needed a hospital, and didn’t have 3 days to wait at sea. During the complications of a foul weather rescue, Paganella collided with our hove-to vessel while attempting to put us on her leeward side, causing Esmerelda to take on water and eventually founder. One of our crew was willing to stay aboard Esmeralda solo to finish the Bermuda trip when the weather cleared, but those circumstances changed when we were struck. We managed a successful extraction of the entire crew consisting of a pregnant female, 2 men, and a cat.