UK. Crew rescued after Togo registered cargo vessel Prince Karim sinks
Monday, 27 October 2008
At 9.50 pm on Sunday evening Falmouth Coastguard (which is the UK's international maritime rescue coordination centre) received a request from MRCC Den Helder (Netherlands Coastguard) to assist with an incident 340 nautical miles West of the Cape Verde Islands.
Den Helder received an Inmarsat distress message from the Togo registered cargo vessel 'Prince Karim', reporting that the ship was taking water, listing to starboard and requesting immediate assistance. There were 11 people on board.
Falmouth Coastguard was requested to make a satellite broadcast (EGC Safetynet) to a radius 100 nautical miles around the ship's position to establish if there were other vessels in the area able to assist.
As a result of this broadcast, MV Sea Wave reported to Den Helder that they were proceeding to assist the Prince Karim. At 00.30 am this morning Prince Karim was reported as sunk. The crew had abandoned to a liferaft and MV Sea Wave, with good VHF communications and the Search and Rescue Transponder ( SART) working well, was able to maintain contact. The Sea Wave arrived on scene and recovered ten crew, one of whom, the Captain was deceased. A search is now being conducted for one missing crewman.
Andy Cattrell, duty Watch Manager at MRCC Falmouth said "This incident is a good demonstration of how the Global Maritime Distress & Safety System ( GMDSS ) can work to save lives at sea, with international rescue centres working together.