Civilian boating crew rescues distressed boaters

6:29 PM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A civilian boating crew is being thanked by the U.S. coast guard in Portland for their work in saving the lives of some distressed boaters.

On Wednesday, two Canadian boaters who were trying to get to the West Indies on a 34 foot sailboat ran into trouble - one of them fell extremely ill.

They were forced to get in touch with the coast guard when a diversion to Bermuda didn't pan out, but they were too far out for the Coast Guard to help - so the Coast Guard alerted a nearby cargo ship, the SMT Bontrup.

The Bontrup came to the Canadians' aid.

In a 45 minute rescue, the Canadians abandoned their ship and boarded the Bontrup.

The cargo ship was on route to Portland so the Canadians stayed on board, getting help from the ship's medical officer. They arrived Saturday, health fully restored.

The Bontrup's original mission was carrying goods north from Venezuela.


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