Maine Sailor Washed Overboard off Bermuda
November 16, 2011
The Coast Guard suspended its search at approximately 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12, for Jan Anderson, a Maine woman who was washed overboard from the 38’ sailing vessel Triple Stars (an Island Packet 38) approximately 285 miles northwest of Bermuda.
The boat was competing in the North Atlantic Rally to the Caribbean (NARC), and had departed Newport, Rhode, Island, on November 1.
Coast Guard watchstanders received a broadcast from an emergency position indicating radio beacon assigned to the vessel at 1:39 p.m. on Friday. Approximately 5 minutes later, Coast Guard watchstanders received a radio distress report from Rob Anderson, master of the Triple Stars, stating that his wife had been washed overboard by a 30’ wave.
Using AMVER, the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, the Coast Guard directed the AMVER merchant vessel High Jupiter to the location of the broadcast.
During the 2-day search, three HC-130 Hercules rescue crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the High Jupiter searched approximately 1,735 square miles.
The Triple Stars crew left Newport, Rhode Island, en route to St. Martin while participating in the 12th annual NARC Rally.
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