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    Hawaii, USA
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    Survivor
    Waltonsmith
    Rescued By
    Coastguard
    Date Of Rescue
    2014-09-25

    Lives saved

    3
    Adults

    Activity

    Boating

    Terrain

    Ocean

    Issue

    Boat Sinking

     

    Crash Or Collision

    What happened?

     

    On September 25th at 0110, my sailboat, “Transit of Venus”, was being sailed from Hawaii back home to Oakland by a professional delivery skipper, and volunteer crew, when they struck an unknown object at over 10 knots. The boat was about 600 miles out. This being a trimaran, the damage was to the starboard float, of which 10 feet of the bow was completely torn off. Three quarters of the buoyancy of that float was gone. Skipper and crew contacted me in Saratoga; and then proceeded to try everything they could to sail or motor the boat. 


    With so much buoyancy gone, and the float presenting a blunt surface forward, we decided to abandon the ship, and get the crew safely home. I contacted Mr. S and Ms. W at their desk on Coast Guard Island. Their instructions were clear, concise, and re-assuring. The captain of “Transit of Venus” activated the GlobalFix EPIRB; and within a few hours, the C130 plane was circling overhead, and guiding a nearby freighter to the sailboat. Wefel and Skinner located a nearby freighter, contacted the ship and directed it for the rescue. Captain and crew arrived back in San Francisco from Panama after 12 days aboard the “Golden Heiwa”. Commander William greeted the crew, secured them new passports, and put them on a plane home.


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    Words of Wisdom

     

    The captain of “Transit of Venus” activated the EPIRB; and within a few hours, the C130 plane was circling overhead, and guiding a nearby freighter to the sailboat.

    Thank you note to ACR

     

    Thank you ACR.

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    Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)

    Roam freely and safely with the GlobalFix™ iPRO Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). When it comes to marine safety electronics, this EPIRB is in a class of its own. The GlobalFix iPRO has a digital display that lets you view all of the beacon's functionalities, including GPS latitude/longitude, transmission bursts, and battery power. Know that if you run into a boat emergency, the GlobalFix iPRO EPIRB will help search and rescue teams pinpoint your location and help get you home safe and sound.

     

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