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By Dorie Cox
Capt. Scott Redlhammer heard a radio call from a sinking boat near Bimini in the Bahamas on Feb. 18. Fortunately, so did the crew on the 303-foot (92m) M/Y Tatoosh.
By the time Capt. Redlhammer got to the scene, the bow of the sinking boat was all that was left above water. The boat appeared to be about 40 feet in length.
“Fortunately, Tatoosh was close,” Capt. Redlhammer said. “Tatoosh’s crew pulled three people from the water.”
He said he tried to maintain radio contact with the people aboard the unnamed vessel in distress and talked to them for a few minutes.
“They said they were taking on water,” he said. “Then their radio went out.”
The sinking boat was about 15 miles west of the entrance to Bimini, and M/Y Tatoosh was about 17 miles away, he said. Capt. Redlhammer and his crew were not able to help the distressed boat as they were enroute aboard the 133-foot M/Y Serque about 20 miles away.
M/Y Tatoosh called the coast guard and was anchored just off south and east of Bimini just after the rescue, according to Capt. Redlhammer’s radar.
“Once again, the system worked,” he said. “People got on the radio and help arrived in the form of a beautiful yacht.”