The crew of a disabled sailboat was assisted by the Brazilian navy ship, Cisne Branco. The crew of three on the sailboat was helped on Wednesday. The boat was about 200 nautical miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.
The sailboat’s crew called the U.S. Coast Guard for help about 10 p.m. Tuesday in rough weather. The disabled boat was originally headed to Long Island Sound. Apparently, running into engine problems, the crew was unable to set the mainsail.
Here’s an example of being stranded with a disabled sailboat in heavy seas:
The Brazilian navy ship’s crew responded at 8 a.m. to a distress call from the Coast Guard to all ships in the area and they found the sailboat about 2:20 p.m., according to the news release.
The Brazilian ship, Cisne Branco, was a “tall ship”, that has visited Norfolk for events such as Sail Virginia. The Cisne Branco’s homeport is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Boating can be a relaxing and gratifying recreational persuit. It is imperative to have contingency plans for any time spent out on the water, especially for longer periods of time involving exposure to many elements of the weather. Responsible thought and prepration can make your next boat outing fun and injury free.
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