Saturday, December 22, 2007
Help has arrived for a sailor aboard a disabled boat drifting in the Atlantic Ocean. A U.S. coast guard cutter reached Jean Raymond Collon and his sailboat Grail Pilgrin on Friday morning. "They are circling around and waiting for the weather to subside just a little so that they can safely transfer him to the coast guard cutter," said Petty Officer Lauren Downs, spokeswoman for the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Grail PilgrinBoth the Grail Pilgrin and the cutter Tahoma are being tossed around in five-metre-high swells. Downs said the sailboat appears to be safe for Collon, who is tired and hungry but in good spirits. "He said he is fine with abandoning his sailboat and getting aboard the Tahoma," she said. USCGC Tahoma (WMEC 908)Collon was on his way to Bermuda from Halifax when his engine failed about 400 kilometres east of Cape Cod. He called the rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax, which notified the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston.