The containership NYK Orion rescued five rowers from a boat in distress in the Mediterranean Sea on March 25.
NYK Orion had departed from Rotterdam, Netherlands, on March 17 and was on its way to Jebel Ali, UAE, via the Suez Canal. On March 25, the vessel received an alert from a boat reported to be in distress.
The vessel immediately responded to this distress call and established communication with the boat to gather information needed to perform a safe rescue operation in the existing unfavorable weather conditions.
All five rowers on the boat safely boarded NYK Orion and were reported to be in good health without any injuries.
The rowers were heading from Greece to Malta, and during the voyage, 127 nautical miles off Malta, the boat’s main sail was damaged. The craft was then determined to no longer be safe in the unfavorable weather conditions.
After the rescue, NYK Orion recommenced its original passage to Suez. On March 27, the five rescued rowers disembarked from the vessel at Port Said anchorage at Northern Suez Canal and then returned to the UK.
NYK, April 2, 2014