U.S. Sailor Helps Coordinate Rescue Effort

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s (NAVCENT) command center answered a distress call from the owner of the Indian-flagged merchant vessel Kayana, after the ship sank off the coast of Somalia, June 22. Lt. j.g. Brad Fancher, NAVCENT’s watch commander at the time, received the call. He then set in motion the chain of events that led to the safe rescue of Kayana’s 18 crew members. “I called the Rescue Coordination Center [RCC] in Falmouth, England, because they coordinate most rescue operations around the world,” said Fancher, a native of Lumberton, Texas. After the vessel sank, Kayana’s crew members were stranded on a solitary lifeboat. However it, too, began to sink, making efforts to retrieve the crew even more urgent. The RCC tracks the location of military and commercial vessels via global positioning satellites (GPS). With the help of RCC, Fancher was able to coordinate assistance to the distressed crew. Within two hours, four civilian vessels were steaming toward the GPS coordinates.

“Once we were able to contact these ships, they began searching for Kayana’s lifeboat,” said Fancher. Several hours later, the Norwegian motor vessel Jo Betula spotted a flare from the lifeboat and arrived on scene in time to rescue the crew. “We had looked at bringing two coalition ships to assist the casualty, but they were both 300 to 400 miles away,” said Cmdr. Wade Schmidt, NAVCENT’s operations officer, “so we opted to go with the civilian vessels.” Schmidt, a Seattle native, said he was proud of Fancher's quick coordination, which may have saved numerous lives. “He handled almost the whole thing by himself, said Schmidt. “He’s one of my best watch commanders.” NAVCENT, along with U.S. and coalition forces, conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters. U.S. and coalition forces have a longstanding tradition of helping mariners in distress, providing medical assistance, engineering assistance, and search and rescue. Source: By Journalist 2nd Class Abraham Essenmacher, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs NavNews

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

The Martitime Security Focus Is Shifting

Former Vice-Admiral and Commander-in-chief of the German Navy Hans-Joachim Stricker, President of the German Maritime Institute (DMI), believes that in terms of

VSTEP Wins Mexican Navy Simulator Contract

The Mexican Navy selected VSTEP to supply a Class A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge (FMB) Simulator and 24 NAUTIS desktop trainer stations for the Naval Academy in Veracruz.

Today in U.S. Naval History: July 29

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 29 1846 - Sailors and Marines from U.S. sloop Cyane capture San Diego, Calif. 1918 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D.

Maritime Security

The Martitime Security Focus Is Shifting

Former Vice-Admiral and Commander-in-chief of the German Navy Hans-Joachim Stricker, President of the German Maritime Institute (DMI), believes that in terms of

Crew of USCG Cutter Thetis to Return today

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter based out of Key West, Florida, is scheduled to return to homeport Tuesday at 11:45 a.

UN Throws the Book at North Korea Ship Operator

A U.N. Security Council committee on Monday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms,

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1039 sec (10 req/sec)