Guam

Lives saved

3

Boating

Boating

Ocean

Ocean

Boat Sinking

Boat Sinking

Rogue wave

Rogue wave

Thunder storm

Thunder storm

Boating

Guam

13.444304°N, 144.793731°E

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Larry Raigetal

What happened?

We sailed a traditionally designed proa from Guam in the northwest pacific for a small atoll “Lamotrek” located over 400 miles southeast of Guam.  The voyage which used traditional way-finding systems was estimated to take 4 to 5 days.  After two days of sailing we estimated to be halfway (200+ miles) through the voyage. We encountered stormy weather with heavy rain, gusty winds and rough seas. At about 8:20 in the morning of saturday June 8, our canoe was capsized. We first secured whatever survival supplies we could get and at 8:45 am our ResQLink+ PLB was activated.

The emergency center and coastguard picked up the signal and put a SAR plan in motion. The nearest vessel participating in the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System program (AMVER) was the MV Frio Mogami, a Greek freighter bound for Bangkok.  They were advised to proceed to our location which would take them 12 hours of steaming. The Pacific Missionary Aviation PMA in Yap was advise to do a fly over and airdrop food, water, flares, and VHF. The small plane took 2.5 hours to get to us and did the airdrop. 

At 8:30pm the vessel Frio Mogami was on site but due to rough seas, the rescue proved difficult. After several attempt and us being in the water for over 13 hours we were finally rescued and on board the freighter. We drifted the night until the next morning when the US Coastguard Cutter Kiska arrived and  we were transferred to and returned back to Guam.  

Words of wisdom

The ocean will always win

Thank you note

Totally grateful to have the ACR plb, live saver indeed thanks

Rescue location

Guam

Rescue team

Coast Guard

ResQLink™+

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This product has been replaced by the ResQLink View. Learn More It may be small, but it's tough. The ResQLink™+ Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a buoyant, GPS-enabled rescue beacon that's suited for outdoor adventures of all sizes (think: everything from hiking and cycling to hunting and fishing). Should you run into an unexpected survival situation, the ResQLink+ PLB will relay your location to a network of search and rescue satellites, allowing local first responders to more easily get you home safe and sound. Be Prepared for the Unpredictable!  
  • Buoyant
  • LED strobe light
  • Self Test
  • 66 Channel GPS
  • Easy emergency activation
  • Antenna clip

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