“Champis” Crew Rescued, Sailboat Abandoned

June 20, 2013

The crew on board the sailing vessel “Champis” are now on their way to Italy after having to abandon their boat off approximately 130 nautical miles off Bermuda.

The container ship “Altamira Express” diverted to the yacht’s location and rescued the crew. This marks the second yacht abandoned off Bermuda in a week after a lone sailor on board the yacht “Solid Air” was rescued on Tuesday [June 11].

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “On Friday 14th June 5.35am, an EPIRB alert was received for an unknown vessel approximately 130 nautical miles southeast of Bermuda.

“A few minutes later Joint Rescue Coordination Centre [JRCC] Norway called, having received a satellite text message from S/V Champis, requesting urgent help.

“JRCC Norway called a short while later, reported the vessel’s position, and that it had a disabled engine and broken mast. RCC Bermuda called the US Coast Guard who conducted a SURPIC and found two merchant ships about 75 nautical miles from the disabled vessel.

“The USCG contacted M/V Altamira Express and requested the ship divert to assist. The sailboat was safely abandoned and the ship resumed passage to Italy.”

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  1. micro says:

    Salvage party anyone?