The U.S. Coast Guard last week rescued a man from a disabled sailboat in the Caribbean Sea about 114 nautical miles from Puerto Rico with assistance from the merchant ships CSCL Long Beach and Gemmata.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a notification at 11:40 p.m. last Wednesday, December 30, from the Master of the Hong Kong flagged 1,105-foot container ship CSCL Long Beach relaying a distress call from the SV Jade reporting it was disabled and adrift due to having broken sails, a damaged rudder, and not enough fuel to transit to safe harbor.
Watchstanders immediately diverted the cutter Joseph Napier to provide rescue assistance to the sailor. The Gemmata, a Singapore flagged 951-foot LNG carrier, also diverted to the scene and served as a communications platform with the vessel Jade while the U.S. Coast Guard Guard Cutter Joseph Napier completed over a 150 nautical mile transit to the scene.
Once arrived, Joseph Napier launched a small boat that came alongside the Jade and the boat crew safely embarked solo sailor.
The rescued has been identified as Carl Michael Corey, 39, a citizen of the United Kingdom, who was transiting solo on New Year’s Eve aboard the 36-foot sailing vessel Jade when it became disabled and adrift in seven-foot seas.
The cutter Joseph Napier returned to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, where Customs and Border Protection officers assisted Michael with gaining admission into the United States for him to make the necessary arrangements to continue his trip.
“With deteriorating weather, the Joseph Napier crew quickly employed the cutter small boat to rescue the master of the sailing vessel showcasing their professionalism and proficiency in such a dynamic environment,” said Lt. Matthew Miller, cutter Joseph Napier commanding officer. “I can’t think of a better way to end 2020 than bringing this boater to safety.”
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