Update: 01 August 2020
NON-EMERGENCY BOAT WATCH
Vessel will arrive in Horta soon. The captain’s SSB is not working now but his satellite tracker is functional.
UPDATE 1130 HRS UTC 26 JULY 2020
S/V DELLA MYRA in position 39 23.14 N / 046 28.5W Destination: Azores, is experiencing engine problems and rigging problems. Any vessel in the vicinity which may be able to assist is requested to contact Boatwatch.org through this radio net or phone 941-456-5070. The vessel has a malfunctioning fuel pump on this main engine, and cannot use his jib. Otherwise, he has sufficient water and food to last him until arriving in the Azores.
************UPDATE 1130 HRS UTC 26 JULY 2020**********
SPOT tracker for the S/V DELLA MYRA indicated at 5:13 AM (time zone not indicated) his position was 39 23.14 N / 046 28.5W. His previous position report was at 8:24 AM (time zone not indicated) position 39 16.5 N / 047 54.3 W. The distance between these two points is 66.4 NM on a course of 098M.
Boatwatch.org will contact SPOT to determine the time zone their data is given in.
***********UPDATE 1515 HRS UTC, 25 JULY 2020:
USCG RCC Boston has closed this case pending further developments.
Capt Alex Blackwell, Rear Commodore, OCC, is now the lead contact for the S/V DELLA MYRA. At 1145 hrs UTC, 24 JULY 2020, S/V DELLA MYRA located in position 37 17 N / 047 55 W; COG: 100; SOG: 3.5K; Wx: Wind SW 25K; Dest: Azores.
The vessel has a malfunctioning fuel pump on this main engine, and cannot use his jib. Otherwise, he has sufficient water and food to last him until arriving in the Azores.
We are still carrying this as a NON-EMERGENCY LOOKOUT in case any other recreational vessel in his vicinity may be in a position to assist him with his rigging problem. Thank you,
UPDATE 1145 HRS UTC, 24 JULY 2020
USCG RCC Boston Boatwatch.org continue to ask other vessels in the vicinity of SV DELLA MYRA to rendezvous with him if possible to assist in retrieving his jib halyard. As of 9 AM this morning he was at position, north 39 deg and 21 mins, west 49 deg and 51 mins. If anyone knows of a vessel in this area, please contact Glenn@Boatwatch.org to coordinate a rendezvous if needed.
**********UPDATE 1145 HRS UTC, 24 JULY 2020*************
USCG RCC BOSTON advised they were able to divert another commercial ship, the CNA CGM MEDEA to the SV DELLA MYRA in position 38 45.5 N / 051 04.6. The ship gave more food to Captain Joe which will allow him to continue to the Azores at a slow pace without his jib. The jib cannot be deployed until someone goes up the mast to retrieve the halyard.
Capt Joe diagnosed his engine failure on a faulty fuel pump, and had nothing to do with the 90 gallons of diesel fuel given to him by the Tanker INCA. Capt Joe advised he will continue onto the Azores, and USCG RCC Boston has closed their case pending further developments.
They asked that Boatwatch.org continue to ask other vessels in the vicinity of S/V DELLAMYRA to rendezvous with him if possible to assist in retrieving his jib halyard.Anyone knowing of a vessel in the area of 38 N / 051 W is requested to contact Glenn@Boatwatch.org to coordinate a rendezvous.
********UPDATE 1130 HRS UTC, 23 JULY 20208**************
USCG RCC Boston is attempting to assist the SV DELLA MYRA, a 39 foot sailing vessel who is experiencing serious sailing and other mechanical issues in position 38 15.87 N / 051 22.62 W. The USCG issued an AMVER ALERT to ships in the area and an oil tanker assisted with fuel but could not help with repairs to his rig or engine. The vessel is singlehanded by elderly UK citizen JOSEPH SHEPHERD. VESSELS IN VICINITY REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT, ASSIST IF POSSIBLE.
REPORTS TO RCC BOSTON,
PHONE: 617 223 8555,