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5th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: March 27, 2013

Contact: 5th District Public Affairs

Office: (757) 398-6272

UPDATE: Coast Guard stands down response to catamaran 500 miles southeast of Bermuda

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is standing down their response to a vessel with nine people aboard approximately 500 miles southeast of Bermuda, Wednesday.

Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders initially received an emergency position-indicating radio beacon distress signal at 1:15 p.m. registered to the 109-foot catamaran, Mouse Trap.

The Mouse Trap’s crew had made contact with Rescue Coordination Center Gris Nez, France and reported that their vessel was in distress after losing their mast, and that one crew member was deceased. 

At approximately 4 p.m., watchstanders received notification from the International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center reporting that the Mouse Trap's crew were no longer in distress, had been able to get their engine started, and were currently en route to the Cayman islands.

An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft has returned to base while the two AMVER vessels have resumed their original courses.

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