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American cruiser rescued the crew of Ukrainian yacht

May 23 2007
21:31

Crew American missile cruiser Anzio "saved Ukrainian crew of the yacht" Amerauto "distressed seven hundred miles from Bermuda.

The distress signal from the yacht entered on May 20. On "Amerauto" the incoming water and the ship slowly sank, according to a release sent to RIA Novosti press-service of the U.S. Navy. "Initially it was difficult to establish contact, because the Ukrainian crew almost did not speak in English, but, fortunately, on board the cruiser Anzio," were three crew members, fluent in Russian: co-driver Brian Gordon, Electrical Technician Second Class Eric Stoddard and Electrical Technician Third Class gas turbine systems native Russian city of Ufa Vladimir Moskovin, who led most of the negotiations, "- said in a statement.

The yacht took water, bilge pump was not working because of problems with the generator, one crew member was sick, and food reserves left only three days supply of propane for cooking over. Until the next port in the Azores, where the Ukrainian sailors were going to stop, they had to sail 2,700 miles.

By boat on a small boat rowed by Gordon and minder First Class Gregory Fogle. "When they arrived aboard Amerauto, we realized that the team is in distress, as the yacht itself," - said in a statement.

Currently, all four members of the Ukrainian crew feel well and on board the cruiser sent to Virginia. All necessary assistance, including a sailor who suffered from dehydration.

During his current trip, "Anzio" four times already provided assistance to vessels in distress.

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