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,
E-MAIL: RCCBOSTON@USCG.MIL.

 

********UPDATE 1130 HRS UTC, 23 JULY 20208**************

USCG RCC Boston did not have any additional information this morning. They do not know whether Captain Joe was able to get his Yanmar engine started, or if he is underway, course, speed, etc.

The only communications with Capt Joe is via his SPOT texting device, through a friend or relative in the UK. Boatwatch.org believes it would facilitate things if somehow a member of the OCC or other cruising organization in the UK could communicate with Capt Joe directly. Privacy laws prevent the USCG from identifying who the person is Capt Joe is in contact with in the UK.

If anyone has any thoughts how to improve communications with Joe, please contact Glenn@Boatwatch.org.

********UPDATE 1945 HRS UTC, 22 JULY 2020***********

The oil tanker did make contact with SV Della myra and provided Captain Joseph Shepherd with 90 gallons of fuel. The tanker could not assist with repairs to his rig and Captain Shepherd can not get his engine started. Chris Parker, Marine Weather Center, has advised Captain Shepherd would have to get 100 north to find wind if he could sail to the Azores.  All vessels are requested to keep a sharp lookout, assist if possible and advise Glenn@Boatwatch.org and RCC Boston.

********UPDATE 1545 HRS UTC, 22 JULY 2020***********

Further contact with RCC Boston has indicated that Capt Joseph Shepherd, has himself in a bit of a jam. He somehow lost his jib halyard, or it is tangled at the top of the mast and he is not able to use his jib to sail. He does not have enough fuel on board to motor to the Azores. The USCG has diverted an oil tanker to his location which will probably be able to give him some fuel. But we don’t know if the crew from the tanker is going to be able to go up his mast for him to retrieve the halyard.

Is there anyone out there who has knowledge of another vessel which may be near his position in the next several days? Capt Joe has a SPOT GPS Tracker capable of receiving and sending text messages, so we could coordinate a rendezvous to get him assistance. Please send any positive information to Glenn@Boatwatch.org. Thanks

22 July 2020, 1200 UTC:


USCG RCC Boston is attempting to assist the SV DELLA MYRA, a 39 foot Moody sailing vessel who is experiencing serious sailing and other issues in position 38 15.87 N / 051 22.62 W. The USCG issued an AMVER ALERT to ships in the area, and aa ship named INCA is enroute to assist. The vessel is singlehanded by elderly UK citizen JOSEPH SHEPHERD.

If anyone knows this sailor, please contact Glenn@Boatwatch.org and we will help provide information to the USCG which may assist in his rescue.

NAVAREA IV 636/20(14).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
DISTRESS SIGNAL RECEIVED FROM 39 FOOT S/V DELLAMYRA
IN 38-15.87N 051-22.62W. VESSELS IN VICINITY
REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT, ASSIST IF
POSSIBLE.

REPORTS TO RCC BOSTON,
PHONE: 617 223 8555,
E-MAIL: RCCBOSTON@USCG.MIL.