Oceanographic vessel rescues pleasure craft on fire

Posted: 08/04/2011 in all marine news

Hydro International – 

On Monday 1st August 2011, at 8.40AM, the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) oceanographic vessel Alliance came to the rescue of an 18m pleasure craft in Italian international waters, near the port of Savona in the Ligurian Sea. The bridge watchkeepers noticed a motor yacht on fire at about 5 miles distance.

The NURC crew promptly raised the alarm with the Italian Coastguard and launched a Delta Fast Rescue Boat. Six people were saved uninjured, but visibly shocked: an Italian family of five and an Ecuadorian woman.

At the same time of arrival as the Italian Coastguard vessels, the rescued persons were taken on board the Alliance where they received first aid. Meanwhile, due to the gravity and extent of the fire, the Alliance’s request for firefighting was denied by the coastguard. After a few minutes the motor yacht sank. 

“We all have to consider ourselves lucky that our NATO ship Alliance was on the scene at the right moment, said Dirk Tielbuerger, Director of NURC. Due to the vigilant and determined behaviour of the crew all were rescued and were able to return home uninjured”.

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