AMVER bulk carrier rescues teen adrift for 49 days


The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(WASHINGTON) — An Indonesian teen who had been adrift on a fishing raft for 49 days was rescued near Guam by the AMVER participating bulk carrier Arpeggio on Aug. 31.

According to an Associated Press article, the teen was rescued by the Panamanian-flagged ship about 1,200 miles from his original location. The teen used his hand-held radio to contact the 738-foot ship which heard his distress call, alerted rescue authorities and embarked the survivor. The crew of Arpeggio provided food, water and first aid.

The captain of Arpeggio coordinated the rescue with authorities in Japan and the Indonesian mission. The teen was disembarked in Japan and reunited with his family.

Arpeggio, which is managed by MC Shipping Ltd. of Japan, enrolled in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System on Dec. 16, 2013 and has earned two AMVER participation awards.

By Professional Mariner Staff