Makkum Locates Wreck of Fishing Vessel Lummetje With Sonar

November 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Makkum has located the sunken Urker cutter ‘Lummetje’ with her sonar. The 2 persons on board have not yet been found. Around 5.45 am the coastguard received a notification of the ship’s emergency beacon. The ship was on the North Sea, just off the coast of Texel. The beacon is activated when it…

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Damen, Delft Dynamics and Next Ocean Trial New SAR Method in North Sea

November 14, 2019 – Damen Shipyards Group, in collaboration with Delft Dynamics and Next Ocean, has trialled a new approach to search and rescue in the North Sea. The collaboration involved qualification testing of Delft Dynamics RH3 drone (RH-3 Swift), along with a fast rescue boat launched from a Damen Sea Axe Fast Crew Supply (FCS) Vessel equipped with Next…

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Operation Atlanta Frigate Canarias SAR Assistance to Somali Navy

October 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – On the morning of October 20, the ATALANTA Operation control center received a request for help from a Somali Navy vessel that was in danger about 60 km north of Cadale. The ship had some mechanical difficulties and the crew feared for its safety. A reconnaissance aircraft was sent to determine the exact location…

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Two Fishermen Rescued off Reunion Island After 30 Hours Adrift

October 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Friday, 27 September, two seafarers in trouble off Reunion Island were rescued by the Reunion Regional Operational Monitoring and Rescue Center (CROSS). The two men, who had left for 48 hours of fishing, had not given any news to their family who gave the alert. Thanks to the very accurate drift information transmitted…

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Second Falcon 50M Equipped with a Release Hatch

September 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – On July 25, 2019, the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) has received in Merignac (Gironde) the second Falcon 50 Ms equipped with a rescue hatch of marine rescue equipment. The Navy has an air surveillance and maritime intervention fleet composed of five Falcon 200 Gardian based in the Pacific, and eight Falcon 50M based…

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First SAR Event for PCU Midgett

July 8, 2019 – The Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, which left the shipyard in June and had not yet been commissioned, was transiting off North Carolina when the Coast Guard learned of a 70-year-old man in need of assistance aboard a 62-foot disabled sailboat, 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, Saturday evening. “It was fortunate that a pre-commissioned Coast Guard…

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Sea rescue in the German Bight

May 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – On the evening of May 7, the frigate “North Rhine-Westphalia” rescued two persons in distress. At 6:20 pm, the crew of the German frigate received a distress call from the fishing boat “Stella Polaris”. The boat reported a flooding with machine failure in the sea area of ​​the German Bight. The “North Rhine-Westphalia” was…

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The shipwreck that changed the Coast Guard forever

Story and artwork by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki When the clock tolled 12 a.m. on Feb. 12, 1983, the 605-foot cargo ship Marine Electric trekked northward 30 miles off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, plowing slowly through the gale-force winds and waves stirred up by a winter storm. An able-bodied seaman relieved the watch and peered forward, noticing for the…

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