Within the holiday week-end, the LNG carrier BW Lilac rescued two German sailors from their yacht off the shore of Puerto Rico.
Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a relayed distress call at 2145 hours Saturday from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center, a private-sector SAR service center owned by electronic devices manufacturer Garmin. The IERCC asked Sector San Juan if the Coast Guard could medevac the master associated with cruising yacht Uplace, who had apparently sustained a leg injury.
Sector San Juan issued a GMDSS alert for maritime traffic near the scene associated with the distress. The BW Lilac responded, and she agreed to divert to give support.
The Uplace ended up being positioned about 340 nm north associated with the coast of Puerto Rico. On BW Lilac’s arrival, area conditions had been rough with 12-foot seas. The BW Lilac’s crew successfully rescued one man plus one girl, both German nationals in their 60s. The crew reported to your Coast Guard that the girl had broken her wrist.
On Monday, a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen travelled down to meet up BW Lilac at a situation about 110 kilometers north of Aguadilla. The aircrew properly hoisted and delivered both survivors to the airport in San Juan, where they were met by EMS personnel.
“We were thrilled to have the patients to security and a greater level of care after this type of scary incident,” said Petty Officer Rich Stewart, MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter flight mechanic and aircrew for the way it is. “A huge because of the BW Lilac for going out of their option to simply take them aboard and make sure these people were cared for.”
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BW Lilac is signed up for the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue system (AMVER), a voluntary help scheme sponsored by the United States Coast Guard. The device has conserved 1000s of seafarers’ lives since its founding in 1958.