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Survivor thanks Coast Guard rescue crew

A survivor from a recent Coast Guard search-and-rescue case made a point of visiting Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday to personally thank the crew who assisted in his rescue.

Jordan Hanssen, 29, was rescued by Coast Guard crews and good Samaritan vessels, the 800-foot Panamanian flag automobile carrier, Heijin, and the 600-foot Russian flag chemical-tank ship, Tanais Leader, on April 6.

Hanssen and three others were attempting to row a 29-foot boat from Dakar, Senegal, to Miami. They were on the 73rd day of an estimated 100-day voyage that ended abruptly when a series of waves capsized the vessel and the crew were forced to abandon their boat to a life raft approximately 380 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico.

Click here for an account of the rescue operation.

Click here for a news account of the same rescue.