Last Thursday the Rescue and Coordination Center of the Coast Guard received a notification from the St. Kitts authorities that a sailboat had drifted near Saba. The sailboat named Caribella was 32 miles south of the Saba Bank with a person on board. The captain had been drifting with his boat at sea for four days because his vessel ran out of gas.
The Coast Guard cutter Poema from St. Maarten sailed to the Saba Bank to assist the sailboat. Upon arrival, the Poema crew gave the captain food and water as he also ran out of food. The 74-year-old man looked very exhausted.
The sailboat was initially moored in St. Eustatius where the captain indicated that he would continue sailing after resting. After being moored in St. Eustatius and seeing the man’s condition, the Poema decided to drag the sailboat to St. Maarten and advised the captain not to continue his journey.
Probably he ran out of diesel fuel not gasoline. Such a yacht would not have a gas/petrol engine.
Was it unusually calm to have no wind for 3 days?
Glad he is safe!