COSCO containership rescues four sailors in Gulf


(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) — The captain and crew of the containership COSCO Malaysia are credited with rescuing a sailboat crew in distress in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday during Tropical Storm Sally, FreightWaves reported.

The Hong Kong-flagged containership, with a capacity of 8,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), was en route from Mobile, Ala., to Port Tampa Bay when it received a distress call from the sailboat at 8:22 a.m.

COSCO Shipping Lines said the Malaysia crew immediately carried out a rescue operation under instruction from the U.S. Coast Guard. The sailboat was about 130 nautical miles west of Tampa when its crew sent the distress call.

The four sailors on Yes Dear were rescued and boarded the 1,000-foot Malaysia at approximately 11 a.m. The sailors, who were provided food, water and dry clothing, disembarked the ship at Port Tampa Bay at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday.

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By Professional Mariner Staff