Weather changed from flat seas to extremely rough and dangerous seas!
|Product Name||GlobalFix™ iPro|
|Date of Rescue||09/20/2015|
|Saved By||United States Coast Guard - Station Sandy Hook|
|Beacon Purchased From||Viking Life-Saving Equipment|
After a very good 3 day tuna trip to the Hudson Canyon the crew of the Dream Weaver where in route to Atlantic Highland NJ on the morning of September 20th when the weather changed from flat seas to extremely rough and dangerous seas from a storm passage.
The vessel was making excellent headway when the engines shutdown and the automatic fire extinguisher actuated. The crew evacuated the cabin because of the smoke and chemical released. The captain immediately assessed the situation and determined the vessel was in danger. Immediately a mayday call was made to the USCG and the EPIRB on board was activated.
The following is an article posted to the USCG webpage regarding the incident and rescue. http://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-assists-seven-mariners-aboard-disabled-vessel-27-miles-off-sandy-hook-nj/2015/09/20/
Sep 20th, 2015 - Coast Guard assists seven mariners aboard disabled vessel 27 miles off Sandy Hook, NJ
NEW YORK – Coast Guard crewmembers assisted seven mariners in distress aboard a disabled vessel 27 miles off Sandy Hook, New Jersey, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York command center received a mayday call from the 42-foot pleasure craft Dream Weaver, reporting their vessel was disabled and smoke was discovered in the engine room.
Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook launched a rescue crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat at approximately 11:25 a.m. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched an HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew to assist. Station Sandy Hook arrived on scene at 1:37 p.m. and took five of the mariners aboard their vessel. One Coast Guard crewmember assisted two of the mariners aboard the Dream Weaver and confirmed there was no fire in the engine room. Sandy Hook crewmembers took the vessel in tow and returned to Station Sandy Hook.
“What they did correctly was immediately notifying the Coast Guard when they discovered there was a problem,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Clarke, a Boatswain’s Mate stationed at Sandy Hook. “They activated an EPIRB they had aboard. When an EPIRB is activated, it sends a signal to a rescue patrol center and within 90 minutes, it will accurately display their position.”
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