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AMVER system rescues distressed French sailors

Four sailors aboard the distressed sailing vessel Recidive were safely rescued Sunday by the merchant vessel Delta Kanaris.

At 12:05 a.m., the crew of the Delta Kanaris reported they had safely recovered all four passengers from the French-flagged Recidive and were departing the scene en route to Philadelphia.

Coast Guard watchstanders had received notification of a broadcast from a personal locator beacon assigned to the Recidive at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Using AMVER, the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, the Coast Guard directed the Delta Kanaris to the location of the broadcast.

The French nationals were sailing from the Canary Islands to Martinique on a trans-Atlantic voyage.