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 by the fishing vessels at sea, the CROSS manages to determine a probable area where to find the two sailors. On the basis of this analysis, it immediately activates a…

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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 on the Naval Aviation bases of Lann-Bihoué, Hyères and Dakar (Senegal). The Falcon 50M fleet is divided into four Falcon 50 Mi *, capable of dropping “Search and Rescue” (SAR)…

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FS Somme Assists in SAR Incident

July 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – On June 24, 2019, while the Command and Supply Building (BCR) Somme was in the final phase of its training process after a major technical stop of more than 5 months in the Iroise Sea, the building receives a distress call. This message is issued from a sailboat encountering navigation difficulties near the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse (29). The Somme was in evaluation phase by the training division of the Naval Action Force when it was put in operational condition (MECO). This training phase allowed the…

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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 cutter was the closest vessel and could be involved with its first search and rescue case, staying with the sailboat until a mission ready cutter arrived,” said Chief Petty Officer…

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Guépratte Participates in Argonaut 2019

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – The 29 and 30 May 2019, the frigate La Fayette kind Guépratte participated in the exercise Argonaut 2019. Organized by the Cyprus navy, this exercise was to implement ways to SAR ( search and rescue , SAR) from from 7 countries, during a scenario simulating the crash of an aircraft and the disappearance of a passenger ship off Cyprus. Under the control of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (the equivalent of a CROSS), this SAR exercise resulted in a complex organization of buildings and…

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French Navy 35F Helicopter Conducts SAR MIssion

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – On June 10, rescuers from the Flottille 35F detachment in La Rochelle rescued a pregnant woman aboard a sailboat off the coast of La Rochelle. Operation dangerous given the difficult weather conditions. The mission began after a call from the ETEL Regional Operational Rescue and Surveillance Center (CROSS) at 19:05. Less than 25 minutes later, the Navy’s Dauphin helicopter took off to reach the area. The dark night and a sea 5 have considerably complicated the task of the rescuers of the flotilla. Before…

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JMSDF Assists in SAR Effort

May 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – Japan Coast Guard’s diving search support (based on the submarine rescue ship “Chiyoda”) assisted in SAR efforts today. Two private ships (cargo ships) collided off the coast of Inusakisaki, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, on May 26 (Sun), dawn, on May 26, and one of them sank, leaving three crew members missing. At 17:30 on the 27th, the Director of the 3rd Division Coast Guard Headquarters made a request to the Self-Defense Fleet Commander (Yokosuka) to dispatch a disaster dispatch for the rescue of missing civilian…

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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 at the end of their turf drive at Wilhelmshaven. After receipt of the radio message, the “North Rhine-Westphalia” moved to approximately five nautical miles distant Havaristen. Once there, the ship…

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Colombian Navy Rescues Two Fishermen

March 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – Thanks to the rapid reaction of the Caribbean Coast Guard Units of the Colombian Navy, the rescue of two artisanal fishermen, who were adrift, was accomplished since last Sunday, February 24, in the sector of Isla Fuerte, an area general of the department of Bolívar. A call to alert the traffic control tower of the Coveñas Station, began the successful search and rescue operation, in which the 33 and 39-year-old men were rescued and taken to safe harbor, then that the boat in which…

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NOAA satellites helped rescue 340 people in 2018

February 14, 2019 – The pilot of the rowboat Alba had a noble goal – to raise awareness and funds for the Scottish Association for Mental Health. And he was going to row 3,400 nautical miles, from Norfolk, Va., to his home in Scotland, to do it. But on June 15, 2018, when he faced life-threatening danger as his boat began to take on water off Nantucket, Massachusetts, he did the right thing. He set off his Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, called an EPIRB, and a NOAA satellite picked…

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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 first time that the ship’s bow seemed to be riding unusually low in the water. Dense curls of green ocean rushed over the bow, some of them arching 10 feet…

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National Navy rescues 5 Venezuelans in Caribbean waters

January 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the last hours, Units of the National Navy rescued five Venezuelans, who were left adrift and came to the waters of La Guajira, after the motorboat, named “Assul”, in which they were transported, ran out of fuel, after having sailed from Puerto de Falcon, bound for Puerto de Punto Fijo, both in Venezuela. The Coastguard Station of Cartagena, received a call from the captain of the boat, reporting that he and four other Venezuelans were drifting for seven days, due to lack of…

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Russian Northern Fleet Practices Search and Rescue

November 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, the regional center of defense management (RCC) of the Northern Fleet conducted a training session to ensure the unsinkability and fire and explosion safety of warships in the face of deteriorating weather and wind. As part of the training at the RCC of the Northern Fleet, a center for survival and search and rescue support was deployed. The training also involved duty personnel of search and rescue support, command, staff and non-staff emergency response teams of surface ships and submarines. During the training,…

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FS Cassard Rescues 12 From MV Durban Queen

November 20, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, November 20, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate, engaged in the Arab-Persian Gulf, rescued 12 shipwrecked. In the late morning, the frigate prepares for a refueling at sea when she catches a distress message from a nearby commercial building, the Durban Queen . The ship is quickly spotted, seven nautical miles, or about 13 km. Under the operational control of the commander of the Indian Ocean maritime zone, the Cassard prepares to intervene and takes off his helicopter, a Panther from the 36F flotilla,…

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Franco-Spanish Rescue Operation for 24F

November 19, 2018 (Google Translation) – On 3 November 2018, an extraordinary Franco-Spanish rescue operation was coordinated by the Regional Operational Rescue and Monitoring Center (CROSS) Mediterranean 80 nautical miles (about 150 km) north of the Balearic Islands. At 1 am, the CROSS Méditerranée is alerted by the Gris-Nez CROSS of the detection of a French distress beacon. The latter comes from an unidentified mobile. The CROSS distributes distress relays and defeats several merchant ships to begin unsuccessful searches. At sunrise, the CROSS requests the Navy’s operational center for the…

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