A crew aboard the bulk carrier Sunda on January 10 rescued four people stranded on their sailboat after their sailboat’s engine failed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Captain Ivan Versic first made contact with the stranded vessel over VHF radio and decided to postpone the rescue until the following day due to the weather. The Sunda made visual contact with the boat that day and stayed nearby all night to assist in case of an emergency.
The following day, all four passengers and their dog safely boarded the merchant vessel, despite initial difficulties getting the yacht and ship aligned due to bad weather.
Sunda steamed on to Brazil and dropped the passengers at the port of Macapa, located at the mouth of the Amazon River. They abandoned the sailing yacht in the ocean.