International goodwill alive and well
Posted by Tall Ships America on June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Brazilian ship helps crew of disabled sailboat off Cape Hatteras
By Patrick Wilson
The Brazilian navy ship Cisne Branco helped the crew of a disabled sailboat on Wednesday about 200 nautical
miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.
The three-person crew aboard the sailboat Infata called the U.S. Coast Guard for help about 10 p.m. Tuesday
in rough weather. The sailboat, headed to Long Island Sound, had engine problems and its crew was unable to
set the mainsail, a Coast Guard news release said.
The Cisne Branco crew responded at 8 a.m. to a distress call from the Coast Guard to all ships in the area and found
the sailboat about 2:20 p.m., the news release said. The Cisne Branco, a tall ship, has visited Norfolk for
events such as Sail Virginia. It is homeported in Rio de Janeiro.