The IMRF and the IMO have been helping to develop SAR capabilities in North and West Africa. That work is showing great results. IMRF Regional Coordinator Mohammed Drissi, writes:
On 9 December the Regional Operational Centre for Monitoring and Rescue (CROSS) at Gris Nez, France, contacted the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Dakar, Senegal, to report a distress signal from the French yacht Yeo.
The 7 metre sailing boat had two French nationals aboard. She had a very limited ability to manoeuvre due to the breaking of one of her two rudders. This happened 604 nautical miles west of Mindelo, in the Cape Verde Islands, and 1136 nautical miles northeast of Guyana.
With good coordination between MRCC Dakar, MRCC Praia (Cape Verde) and CROSS Gris Nez, a cargo ship called Kujawy was diverted to rendezvous with Yeo. MRCC Dakar maintained contact with the two vessels throughout, updating them every hour, mainly regarding their relative positions and also to reassure those in distress.
Thus, on 10 December, the Yeo's two crew were safely taken aboard the Kujawy. The cargo ship continued her journey to the port of Vila Do Conde in Brazil, where she arrived on the 14th December.