On 04 JAN 2021, Boatwatch.org received a request from a friend of a Captain and crew of SV Eriu, a Van de Stadt Caribbean 40 that was on passage from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, departing December 15th 2020 for St Lucia. There are 4 onboard, 3 adults one child.

They were becalmed 1400 NM from St Lucia, and running short of fuel and water. Being the Captain and vessel were from the UK, Boatwatch.org suggested the friend notify the Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) Falmouth, UK for assistance.

RCC Falmouth responded by contacting the MRCC Delgada, Azores who in turn initiated an Inmarsat EGC AMVER alert to all shipping in the vicinity of the SV ERIU to assist the sailboat if possible.

Fortunately, the Oil Tanker STRIMON was in the vicinity and offered to help. The Tanker STRIMON delivered fuel, food, and water to the thankful crew of the SV ERIU.

Boatwatch.org wishes to recognize the Captain and crew of the Oil Tanker STRIMON for carrying on the maritime tradition of mariners helping other mariners when needed, and of course the RCCs who organized the aid. Here is a photo of the Oil Tanker STRIMON. Bravo Zulu STRIMON!


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