Four Months After First Rescue, Horizon Ship Saves Another in Pacific Rescue

Published Jun 13, 2012 10:49 AM by The Maritime Executive

The Amver participating ship Horizon Reliance rescued an 81 year old male from his sailboat four months after the ship rescued three Canadians in another daring Pacific rescue.

The situation began as a possible medical evacuation from a sailboat 1,100 miles east north east of Oahu and resulted in personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard Fourteenth District using an Amver surface picture to identify and divert the U.S. flagged container ship to rescue the sick sailor.

Once Captain Costanzi, master of the Horizon Reliance, had the elderly sailor in the ship's hospital, his crew provided medical treatment and kept the sailor comfortable. The Horizon Reliance is sailing to Honolulu and is expected to arrive on June 13th.

This was the second rescue in just over four months for the container ship. On February 8th, 2012 the Horizon Reliance diverted and rescued three Canadians after their sailboat sank 280 miles northeast of Hilo, Hawaii. 

The Horizon Reliance, managed by Horizon Lines of Charlotte, NC, enrolled in Amver in 1990 and has earned participation awards for 21 years.

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