Watch: Daring Rescue as Fishing Boat Founders Off Scotland


Five people were rescued from an Irish fishing vessel this week as the ship foundered in the waters off Scotland. The Coastguard was notified at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday that the Iuda Naofa, a 23-meter Irish fishing vessel, was taking on water 48 miles north of the Butt of Lewis. The Coastguard Rescue helicopter was sent and dropped a salvage pump onto the Iuda … [Read more...]

Seven Rescued After Coastal Freighter Sinks Off Haiti

U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank Friday approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti. The U.S. Coast Guard reports receiving a report from a tug stating they heard a distress call from a vessel claiming to be taking on water off the coast of Great Inagua, Bahamas. A Coast Guard helicopter crew … [Read more...]

Sea Story – ‘Tor Viking II’ Rescues Disabled Cargo Ship ‘Golden Seas’ from Bering Sea

Golden Seas

On December 3, 2010, the 738-foot long MV Golden Seas, carrying a cargo of Canola seed and with an estimated 450,000 gallons of intermediate fuel oil, 11,700 gallons of diesel, and 10,000 gallons of lube oil on board, became disabled in the Bering Sea while underway from Vancouver, Canada to the United Arab Emirates. With seas upwards to 20-feet, the AHTS Tor Viking II was … [Read more...]

A Very Ill-Conceived Ocean Voyage to Bermuda

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There may be other examples of ocean crossings that lacked solid planning or risk analysis, but as far as voyages in recent memory, this one certainly takes the cake. With only protein bars, bottled water, a GPS and a satellite phone, US citizen Reza Baluchi attempted to run from Florida to Bermuda inside a hydro pod bubble. After a making it 70 nautical miles off the … [Read more...]

Coast Guard Rescues Four From Sinking Lobster Boat [VIDEO]

Coast Guard imagery shows the 60-foot Sakonnet Lobster sinking about 40 miles south of Block Island, Rhode Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard plucked four lobstermen from the Atlantic Ocean Thursday who were forced to abandon their sinking lobster boat about 40 miles south of Block Island, Rhode Island. The Coast Guard said its Sector Southeastern New England received a distress call at about 4:15 a.m. Thursday from the four-man crew aboard the Sakonnet Lobster that the 60-foot boat was taking … [Read more...]

Sovcomflot Tanker Comes to the Rescue After Trimaran Breaks Apart Off Brazil

nativo sailing yacht

By Rob Almeida and Shubin Aleksey Andreyevich On 29 September, the Liberian-flagged Sovcomflot-owned tanker Krasnodar rescued six yachtsmen from a liferaft adrift 30 miles off the coast of Brazil. The Brazilian sailors had been participating in the Regata Internacional Recife aboard the 10 meter trimaran Nativo when the unexpected occurred late Saturday night. While … [Read more...]

Syrian Refugees Take Billy Pugh Ride to Safety on Ridgebury Tanker

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Ridgebury Tankers' Suezmax Ridgebury Astari participated in a 3-vessel rescue operation on Tuesday, 2 September while operating in the Ionian Sea.  95 Syrian refugees including 79 men, 5 women and 11 children were taken aboard the vessel and reported to be in good health.   Ridgebury Tankers notes that upon direction by the Italian Coast Guard, the ship sailed to Crotone, … [Read more...]