Solo Sailor Rescued 700 Miles off Cape Cod
November 6, 2013
The Coast Guard coordinated a Good Samaritan rescue of a sailor approximately 700 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5. Conditions at the time included 15’ to 20’ seas with 40-knot winds.
Watchstanders from the 1st Coast Guard District command center in Boston were notified at approximately 8:00 a.m. Monday of an emergency beacon signal registered to the 34’ Canadian-flagged sailing vessel Easy Go.
The district command center watchstanders also contacted available vessels in the area to assist. Crews from the 652’ motor vessel Bishu Highway and the 751’ motor vessel Athina L were able to assist.
The Bishu Highway arrived on scene at approximately 2:45 p.m. Monday, and established communications with the Easy Go. The only sailor onboard reported that he was uninjured, but that the boat had lost its main sail and he was unable to make way. The Bishu Highway was unable to rescue the sailor due to her height (50’ above water), but remained on scene until the Athina L could assist.
The Athina L arrived at approximately 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, and safely rescued the sailor.
There were no injuries reported, and the sailor will continue to the Athina L‘s next port of call—Hunterston, U.K.