May 20, 2013
On April 6th, the four-man crew of Ocean Adventure
Rowing and Education (O.A.R Northwest) attempting a Trans-Atlantic
Expedition from Dakar to Miami was derailed after their boat
capsized about 400 miles north of Puerto Rico.
rowers were all equipped with ACR ResQLink Personal Locator
Beacons which they promptly activated to facilitate their own
rescue. Coast Guard Sector San Juan received their 406 MHz
distress message at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Coast
Guard watch-stands immediately coordinated the launch of a Coast
Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Miami and a
C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Clearwater Fla. to search
for the distressed vessel and possible survivors.
The crew of the HC-144 out of Miami arrived on scene at
approximately 11 a.m. Saturday and located all four men safely on
board the life raft and they dropped food rations for the boaters
as well as a VHF marine radio to establish communications.
The C-130 aircraft out of Clearwater later arrived on scene and the
crew also dropped a second load of rations and a VHF marine radio,
which the boaters used to confirm they were all safe. The C-130
aircraft crew maintained watch over the boaters until an AMVER
participating vessel, the Heijin, safely recovered all four
survivors from the life raft shortly before sunset when they were
transported to Puerto Rico.
"Jordan and his crew exemplify everything we try to educate
outdoor enthusiasts on; planning for the best, but preparing for
the worst. Mother Nature can be cruel and unpredictable, but
they had a safety plan, they practiced the plan and as a result
they minimalized the risk to the USCG crews and facilitated their
own rescue," said Mikele D'Arcangelo, Marketing Director of ACR
Survivor Jordan Hanssen on behalf
of his crew and sponsors ventured on a Thank You Tour throughout
Florida in appreciation of everyone that played a part in the
rescue. Jordan started his Thank You Tour at Coast Guard Air
Station Miami on May 1st, followed by a visit to the
manufacturer of the rescue beacons, ACR Electronics, Inc., which
the crew used to notify the Coast Guard of their distress.
Finally Jordan's tour ended at Coast Guard station Clearwater where
he again thanked the crew of the C-130.
Please click these links to learn more about this story and to
Images taken during the actual rescue
USCG News Release
OAR Northwest videos and photos
Recent, related coverage:
TODAY Show "Capsized rowers grateful for
'flawless' rescue in Atlantic"
Fox News "4 men attempting trans-Atlantic rowing
Sun-Sentinel "Four rescued after rogue wave
Huffington Post "Capsizing ends trans-Atlantic