More than 22,000 ships from hundreds of nations participate in Amver, computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.
More than 2,800 lives have been saved by Amver-participating ships since 2000.
Two solo sailors were recently the beneficiary in separate incidents one day apart.
The combined efforts of a good Samaritan sailboat, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, and several Amver ships resulted in the rescue of a severely dehydrated 61-year-old Canadian man from a sailboat 400 miles north of Puerto Rico on Nov. 4.
When 10-foot seas prevented the Bahamian-flagged ship Enzo from embarking the sailor into their rescued boat, a Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the sailor to safety.
One day later, the Coast Guard coordinated a good Samaritan crews rescue of a sailor approximately 700 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., at approximately 5 a.m. on Nov. 5.
Watchstanders from the 1st Coast Guard District command center in Boston were notified at approximately 8 a.m. Nov. 4 of a commercial emergency beacon signal registered to the 34-foot Canadian flagged sailing vessel Easy Go.
The only sailor on board reported that he was uninjured, but the boat had lost its main sail and he was unable to make way.