Saturday, April 21, 2012

Greek Amver ship rescues 10 fishermen

Ten fishermen were rescued by the Amver participating cargo ship Semirio on Saturday April 21, 2012 700 miles west of Guam after their boat caught fire and they were forced to abandon ship.

The 70 foot Taiwanese fishing boat Hsin Man Chun alerted the U.S. Coast Guard with their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) while their sister ship called rescue authorities in Taipei, China to alert them the vessel was on fire.

A Navy P-3 Orion long-range search aircraft from Patrol Squadron 1 stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan, overflew the vessel and reported eight crewmembers in a life raft and two more on the bridge of the burning vessel. The P-3 crew deployed two life rafts to assist the crew members that remained behind.

The Marshall Island flagged ship was only 40 miles away from the distress location when it was alerted by the U.S. Coast Guard of the situation and diverted to assist. Once on scene, the 950-foot bulk carrier launched a small boat and successfully rescued all 10 crew members. The Semirio is one of over 20,000 vessels enrolled in the Amver System. The Semirio is managed by Diana Shipping of Athens, Greece and has earned numerous Amver awards for participation.

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