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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Another one being rescued:

James Blackford was rescued by the crew of the motor vessel Global Explorer, a vessel registered with the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System..

Blackford was reportedly in good condition with no medical concerns. His vessel, the Makalii, was left behind and adrift.

Watchstanders were first notified of Blackford’s situation when they received a Personal Locator Beacon alert from the sailing vessel Makalii at 8 p.m. Sunday.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 10 p.m. Sunday to locate the vessel after attempts to contact it were unsuccessful.

The aircrew located the dismasted sailboat at 2:30 a.m. Monday. Blackford reported the vessel had been taking on water when his vessel was dismasted and later reported the flooding stopped.

The aircrew dropped a radio and a Self-Locating Datum Marker Buoy. It was reported that Blackford had food and water aboard.

Mariner adrift in Pacific rescued | Coast Guard News

The Makalii was about 85 miles northwest of Palmyra Atoll Sunday when it issued a distress signal. The Coast Guard launched HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Barbers Point and located the sailboat, which had lost its mast, at about 2:30 a.m. Monday. The Coast Guard crew dropped a pump, radio and marker buoy to the sailboat, which had been taking on water. But boat master James Blackford said that problem was under control.

The Global Explorer, was diverted to assist Blackford.

Mariner rescued from disabled sailboat - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Some questions:

That boat is this one, a 1968 sailing boat, the only one I can find in the name of JAMES BLACKFORD?

MAKALII - JAMES BLACKFORD - Boat, Yacht, Ship Documented Information

If so how old was that mast and rigging?

They say that the boat was not making water anymore, that Blabkford was well and had food and water and that the boat was left adrift. There was a problem with the engine? How old was that engine?

Nobody says nothing regarding the boat having a problem with the engine and I find it odd. He run out of fuel?

Somebody knows more about this?



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