“Vienna Express” rescues distressed fishermen at Bering Sea / Continued its voyage to Tokyo.
A fishing boat’s distress call was received on the radio of the “Vienna Express” yesterday evening: The “Alaska Juris” with 43 seafarers on board, had run into trouble in the Bering Sea, between North America and North-East Asia. Luckily for them, the “Vienna Express” from Hapag-Lloyd were at that time on its way from Tacoma (USA) to Tokyo (Japan).
A flooded engine room had prompted the fishermen’s call for help. When the captain of the “Vienna Express” assured them that he would come to the rescue, the fishermen quickly abandoned their sinking ship in three lifeboats. Eighteen of them were then brought to safety by the crew of the “Vienna Express,” while other nearby ships assisting in the effort rescued the rest of the crew.
Two hours after the rescue operation, the crew of the “Vienna Express” transferred the fishermen they had rescued to the “Seafisher,” whose crew had already helped rescue some of the other fishermen. Thanks to the quick reaction all persons on board the distressed fishing vessel were rescued unharmed. “For already the second time this month, our crews have rushed to the aid of vessels in distress on the high seas. That is a fantastic achievement – and one we’re very proud of,” said Richard von Berlepsch, head of Ship Management at Hapag-Lloyd. At half past three in the morning (local time), the “Vienna Express” continued on its voyage to Tokyo.
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