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Over the weekend, three merchant vessels responded to a request from the UK’s HM Coastguard and successfully rescued an American yachtsman in the North Atlantic.

On Friday evening, HM Coastguard’s Joint Rescue Coordination Center received two EPIRB alerts from a yacht about 650 nm off the west coast of Ireland. The center asked the Royal Air Force to send two patrol aircraft to confirm the location of the vessel in distress.

At about 0820 hours on Saturday morning, the RAF aircrews found the drifting yacht. It showed signs of extensive damage and had lost its mast. HM Coastguard broadcast a request for assistance to nearby merchant shipping, and three merchant ships diverted from their commercial journeys to provide help.  More here.