The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System, AMVER, came to the aid of another sailor on December 15, 2012. Quoting the AMVER web site: “Amver, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.”
This is a great asset many are not aware of. AMVER helps when you are away from helicopter rescue since there always seem to be merchant vessels somewhere around. On December 4, 2012 the combination of an EPIRB and AMVER rescued another sailor in the Pacific.
At a time when many things seem to be going wrong, it is nice to find something that is working and saving lives.