Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stena Clear Sky rescued a French couple north of Brazil

August 16th the Stena Clear Sky with captain John L Burton on ballast passage rescued a couple and their cat, north of Brazil (French Guiana). The reason why the small sailing boat required assistance was a combination of bad weather and vessel malfunction/breakdown. They had lost power some 4 days prior to the rescue and could not start their generator. The couple and the cat were however all well and in good health. August 17th they were dropped off in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

"I'd just like to say that I was lucky to be passing, in the right place and time, and I only did what anyone in my position would have done," comments captain John L Burton.

“When we first saw the ship lights at night and heard the captain´s voice on the radio, we felt relieved. Then, this giant ship came towards us. We were really impressed by its size next to our little sailing boat. All we could see was the giant dragon face painted on the side becoming bigger and bigger. That was really scary. Thanks to the captain´s perfect maneuverer, we were able to come on board “sain et sauf” The crew was welcoming and worry about our well-being. We were exhausted so they brought us to a cabin, covered us with food and drinks. We finally slept an entire night, the first time in a long time!” tells the rescued couple. 

For further information, please contact:
Lena T Alvling
General Manager Marketing & Corporate Events, Stena Bulk
E-mail: lena.alvling@stenabulk.com
Tel: +46 31 85 50 20
Mobile: +46 704 85 50 20

With offices in six countries, Stena Bulk is one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies. The company controls a combined fleet of around 100 tankers. Stena Bulk is part of the Stena Sphere, which has more than 20,000 employees and sales of SEK 60 billion. www.stenabulk.com