Coast Guard coordinates rescue off Bermuda using AMVER

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center, here, coordinated a rescue approximately 260 miles northwest of Bermuda, Tuesday.

At approximately 6 a.m., Coast Guard watchstanders received notification from crew aboard the sailing vessel Avenir that they were disabled, adrift and had crewmembers needing medevacs.

The crew of the Avenir reported they had lost their rudder and two of the six crewmembers showed symptoms of dehydration and seasickness.

The watchstanders sent out an enhanced group call and used AMVER, the Automated mutual-assistance vessel rescue system to contact vessels in the area. The crew of the cruise ship Norwegian Star responded to the request for assistance and changed course to intercept the Avenir.

At approximately 11 a.m., the Norwegian Star arrived on scene and took the crew of the Avenir aboard.

“The support the Coast Guard receives through the AMVER program is unprecedented,” said Lt. Christopher Svencer, a Coast Guard 5th District watchstander. “Without their cooperation, offshore search and rescue cases like this would be impossible.”

This is the second rescue within three days that AMVER has assisted those at sea.

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