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Cargo Sailing Vessel De Gallant Sinks Near Bahamian Island


  • Cargo Sailing Vessel De Gallant Sinks Near Bahamian Island

    The vintage 1916 90-foot gaff rigged schooner De Gallant which was transporting coffee and cacao from Colombia to Europe sank in the Bahamas early yesterday with eight persons aboard. U.S. Coast Guard helicopters from nearby Great Inagua rescued six of them from a pair of liferafts.

    Thirty hours later the search continued for the missing two—both of whom are women and professional sailors—in a search area that stretches from the Inaguas to Horseshoe Reef. They were wearing yellow survival suits.

    According to initial report from those rescued, the steel-hulled De Gallant sank fast around 4:30 a.m. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Diana Sherbs said the survivors were taken to Miami but have not been debriefed yet to try to ascertain what caused the sinking.

    The management of the Blue Schooner Company received confirmation yesterday from the United States Coast Guard of the capsize of the sailing transport ship "De Gallant", and the ongoing rescue of its crew in the south of the Bahamas archipelago.

    The rescue operations carried out by the Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Center (CROSS) in Miami, in connection with the CROSS Gris-Nez, reported yesterday at 2:59 p.m. UTC, or 10:59 a.m. local time, the helicopter winching of six of the eight people on board.

    A major rescue operation has been deployed and is currently continuing its search. It includes two helicopters, a plane and a U.S. Coast Guard ship, as well as a patrol ship from the Bahamas.

    The visibility conditions on site are good, the wind and sea state are also good, the water temperature is relatively warm (27?C), and the six people already rescued were equipped with their survival suits (to conserve body heat and guarantee individual buoyancy).
    The weather forecast for the coming period is very good.

    The two crew members currently being sought are professional seafarers trained and trained in survival and rescue techniques at sea.

    Psychological assistance has been activated for those affected and their relatives.

    The circumstances of this incident, which occurred in very good weather conditions (fine seas, winds of less than 10 knots) and on a ship that has largely proven itself, will remain to be determined, the priority at this time being the recovery of our entire crew.
    The information obtained so far refers to the very sudden and unforeseen occurrence of extremely violent winds, leading to the capsize of the ship and its evacuation.


    The transport sailboat De Gallant left Santa Marta in Colombia on May 11 with a cargo of coffee, cocoa and cane sugar on board for various European shippers.

    All our attention is currently focused on assisting those affected and their relatives.
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