2020 News 

Colombian Navy Returns Rescued Canadians

May 17, 2020 (Google Translation) – On February 14 of this year, thanks to the timely reaction of Colombian Navy Units, they allowed to safeguard the lives of two Canadians, who were left adrift after the Canadian-flagged “Exception” sailboat suffered failures. in its propulsion engine, in Colombian Pacific waters.

The events that were disclosed through communications between the United States Coast Guard District 11 and the Colombian Army Operations Center; immediately the ARC Corvette “Nariño” and a Rapid Reaction Unit of the Coast Guard of the Pacific Naval Force, proceeded to execute the Search and Rescue operation with the purpose of safeguarding human life at sea.

The search for the two Canadians was carried out for five days and the rescue and assistance occurred 104 nautical miles from the Port of Buenaventura.

Despite the adverse meteorological conditions, these two people, along with the sailboat, were escorted by the Colombian Navy Units to the Buenaventura dock, where for three months, men and women of the Pacific Naval Force, provided welfare to the rescued and technical assistance, to repair the sailboat’s propulsion engine.

Today he sailed with his crew, from the pier of the Buenaventura Coast Guard station, in the Valle del Cauca, to his country of origin with food and water for 1 month and 140 gallons of fuel.

The security check is carried out by experts on my sailboat before departure. Now I am ready to go to my country: Canada, but first I must cross the Panama Canal, which I estimate to arrive in three or four days. Once Panama has passed, it will take me two months to get to Canada because I must first stop in North Carolina. Where should I go to do the documents to be able to navigate close to its waters and thus reach my country that is the summary of my trip. I would like to thank everyone: Colombian Coast Guard and the National Navy were all very kind and great, Colombia is a beautiful country, I get the best impressions of all, great country, I hope to return soon someday but without these problems again ” , expressed Gilles Hamel, Captain of the Sailboat. Now I am ready to go to my country: Canada, but first I must cross the Panama Canal, which I estimate to arrive in three or four days. Once Panama has passed, it will take me two months to get to Canada because I must first stop in North Carolina. Where should I go to do the documents to be able to navigate close to its waters and thus reach my country that is the summary of my trip. I would like to thank everyone: Colombian Coast Guard and the National Navy were all very kind and great, Colombia is a beautiful country, I get the best impressions of all, great country, I hope to return soon someday but without these problems again ” , expressed Gilles Hamel, Captain of the Sailboat. Now I am ready to go to my country: Canada, but first I must cross the Panama Canal, which I estimate to arrive in three or four days. Once Panama has passed, it will take me two months to get to Canada because I must first stop in North Carolina. Where should I go to do the documents to be able to navigate close to its waters and thus reach my country that is the summary of my trip. I would like to thank everyone: Colombian Coast Guard and the National Navy were all very kind and great, Colombia is a beautiful country, I get the best impressions of all, great country, I hope to return soon someday but without these problems again ” , expressed Gilles Hamel, Captain of the Sailboat. Once Panama has passed, it will take me two months to get to Canada because I must first stop in North Carolina where I must go to do the documents to be able to sail close to its waters and thus reach my country, that is the summary of my trip. I would like to thank everyone: Colombian Coast Guard and the National Navy were all very kind and great, Colombia is a beautiful country, I get the best impressions of all, great country, I hope to return soon someday but without these problems again ” , expressed Gilles Hamel, Captain of the Sailboat. Once Panama has passed, it will take me two months to get to Canada because I must first stop in North Carolina where I must go to do the documents to be able to sail close to its waters and thus reach my country, that is the summary of my trip. I would like to thank everyone: Colombian Coast Guard and the National Navy were all very kind and great, Colombia is a beautiful country, I get the best impressions of all, great country, I hope to return soon someday but without these problems again ” , expressed Gilles Hamel, Captain of the Sailboat.

The sailboat was escorted by the Colombian Navy, up to 50 nautical miles west of the Buenaventura Canal safe water buoy.

The Colombian Navy ratifies its commitment to safeguard human life at sea, having Units and the training of its men to attend to any emergency that arises and that puts human integrity at risk. At the same time, it calls on the community in general to implement safety measures during navigation, especially the use of life jackets and to report any emergency on telephone line 146 or channel 16 VHF Marino.

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