At 5:05am, this morning, Rescue Coordination Centre Bermuda (RCC BERMUDA) received a satellite telephone call from the Antigua to Bermuda race participant ‘MONTEREY’ reporting that the 57-foot sailing vessel with 6 persons onboard, was taking on water approximately 200 miles south of Bermuda. The cause of water ingress was unknown as crew prepared to abandon to another race participant.
Using an onboard ‘yellow brick’ tracking system, RCC Bermuda was able to confirm that both vessels were in close proximity and preparing for the transfer of 6 crew.
At 5:28am RCC Bermuda received another call from the crew of Monterey reporting that all six persons had been safely transferred via life raft and that Monterey was now very low in the water.
Just before 7am, the skipper of Monterey reports that vessel is now nearly sunk.