Visiting yachtsmen and dog rescued after shipwreck off Bermuda

us_coast_guard_helicopter_caribbean_727766896HAMILTON, Bermuda, Tuesday April 29, 2014, CMC – The United States Coast Guard says three people and a dog were rescued from stormy seas after they were spotted on a life raft by a tanker while en route to Bermuda.

The unnamed English couple, a Belgian and a Jack Russell terrier were plucked from the seas after their yacht sank in stormy weather while on its way from the Turks and Caicos to the Azores.

“The presence and proper activation of the emergency position indicating radio beacon was instrumental in saving the crewmembers of the Blue Pearl,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Hines, a search and rescue controller at the Coast Guard’s 5th District Command Center.

“This stresses the importance of a properly registered EPIRB, which provided us with an emergency point of contact and information on the boat.”

The three people and the dog were picked up by the Isle of Man-registered Tilda Kosan on Friday morning after abandoning the sinking yacht Blue Pearl on Thursday evening.

The Tilda Kosan, a liquid petroleum gas tanker, was en route from the United Kingdom to Mexico when it changed course to take part in the rescue bid.

It dropped the three people and the dog off in Bermuda before resuming its journey.

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