AMVER containership responds to disabled sailboat

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

(SEATTLE) (Oct. 26) — Coast Guard search and rescue crews and an Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) crew are responding to a report of a sailing vessel disabled and adrift about 780 miles west of the Oregon-California border Sunday evening.

The operator of the 32-foot sailing vessel Hale’s Revenge reported that there were no injuries to anyone aboard, but they were disabled and adrift after sustaining damage to the vessel.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center received a 406 megahertz personal locator beacon alert at about 6:50 p.m. from the vessel during its voyage from Honolulu to Everett, Wash.

An Air Station Sacramento-based aircrew aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane is scheduled to arrive at the vessel’s location at about 1 a.m. The crew of the Hyundai Grace, a 965-foot containership and AMVER vessel, offered to provide assistance and is scheduled to arrive at the vessel’s location at about 5 a.m. Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators are continuing to monitor the condition of the vessel and those aboard.

Weather conditions are reported to be 12- to 15-foot seas with 35-mph winds.

AMVER, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

By Professional Mariner Staff