Omega Navigation Enterprises
, Inc. said that on January 3, 2008, the crew of its product tanker M/V Omega Lady Sarah rescued an American citizen whose yacht sank off the coast of the Bahamas.
The M/V Omega Lady Sarah was on a laden voyage from New Orleans to Gibraltar when its crew members intercepted, off the coast of the Bahamas, a distress call from the sailing yacht, Alchemy. The vessel diverted from its course and with seas swelling to approximately 11.5 feet recovered the 32 year old American citizen shortly before his yacht sank. The crew members administered first aid and provided warm clothing, food and water to the survivor, who according to his statement had spent 42 days at sea the last 4 of which without food.
Following the recovery, the Omega Lady Sarah was contacted by the U.S.. Coast Guard and instructed to divert to Nassau, Bahamas, where the recovered sailor was delivered to local authorities and received medical attention. After Nassau, the M/V Omega Lady Sarah returned to its original itinerary, towards Gibraltar.