Disabled sailboat with two men and a dog aboard found after flagging down passing tanker
The U.S. Coast Guard, with help from a tanker vessel, found the sailboat Atrevida II Tuesday afternoon, about 200 miles east of Delaware.
Kevin Hyde and Joe Ditomasso were last in contact with family and friends on Dec. 3, when they left Oregon Inlet. They were sailing from New Jersey to Florida.
The sailboat was without fuel and power, which made their radios and navigation equipment inoperable.
Coast Guard Atlantic Area spokesman Cmdr. Daniel Schrader said the incident hights the importance of proper safety equipment and preparedness when going to sea.
"Having an emergency position indicating radio beacon, or ‘EPIRB’, allows mariners to immediately make contact with first responders in an emergency," he said.
Hyde and Ditomasso got the attention of the Silver Muna crew by waiving their arms and a flag.
“This is an excellent example of the maritime community’s combined efforts to ensure safety of life at sea,” said Schrader, “We are overjoyed with the outcome of the case and look forward to reuniting Mr. Hyde and Mr. Ditomasso with their family and friends."
The two men and a dog were brought aboard the tanker and evaluated by the ship’s medical staff with no immediate concerns.
Hyde and Ditomasso will remain aboard Silver Muna until its next port of call in New York, where they will be reunited with family and friends.