This seems odd..."the [US] Coast Guard told the couple they were too far out to be rescued." ... so the people were left to drift on their boat for 40 days. WTF?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 23, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
    "LONDON, England (CNN) -- A British couple have been rescued from their 13-meter yacht in the Atlantic Ocean after they drifted for weeks with a broken rudder. ...

    Armstrong alerted the U.S. Coast Guard of their problems. However, the Coast Guard told the couple they were too far out to be rescued. ..."

    So they were just left for weeks to drift????? .... icon_eek.gif

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/02/23/british.couple.rescue/index.html
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    Feb 23, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    It reads to me that they did not/could not contact the US Coast Guard when the rudder broke, and that when they did the Coast Guard was able to get them assistance from the oil tanker.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 23, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    The US Coast Guard does not patrol all the oceans of the world, only US waters. My best guess is that they were in mid-ocean, but their distress call was answered by the USCG.

    My question would be why the USCG didn't relay their distress call immediately to an international agency that could respond, to include the US Navy, as well as the Royal Navy, since they are British citizens. Adrift 40 days tells me someone dropped the ball, based on the sequence as reported by CNN.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 23, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidIt reads to me that they did not/could not contact the US Coast Guard when the rudder broke, and that when they did the Coast Guard was able to get them assistance from the oil tanker.


    "Armstrong alerted the U.S. Coast Guard of their problems. However, the Coast Guard told the couple they were too far out to be rescued.

    The couple was then battered by several storms, and as they began to run short of food and a power cut disabled their desalination unit (which provides drinking water), the Coast Guard alerted the Indian Point, which took a five-hour diversion to save them in heavy seas."

    This sounds like they alerted the CC. Then they were battered by storms. Then they began to run out of food. Then the CC alerted that ship. ....

    I guess once it started to get desperate and it became obvious that nobody was going to sail close by, the CC finally notified a ship that had to take a 5-hour detour to get them.
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    Feb 23, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    No timeline was given. I'm not ready to assume the worst.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 23, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidNo timeline was given. I'm not ready to assume the worst.

    I agree, since the news media often doesn't get all the facts right. At the same time, if the USCG was indeed notified early in their ordeal, an explanation is in order.
  • zakariahzol

    Posts: 2241

    Feb 23, 2009 11:25 PM GMT
    This is in US ....and they say that to United State citizen. I though they do that to illegal immigrant from Haiti.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 23, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    They were busy in Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona helping the illegals. Jeeze, didn't you know that?

    Actually, it likely had something to do with international treaty and 7 miles from shore, etc., but, it's pretty pathetic how things sometime work.
  • joeindallas

    Posts: 484

    Feb 24, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    yeah but the Coast Guard will hang 14 miles off the coast of Columbia to be the police man of the seas. Please if they say you are too far out biggest boats they will need are 30 footers mothball those bigger ships
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    so wait, they were rescued by a bunch of Italian oil tanker sailors?

    sounds like it was worth the 40 day wait...