Coast Guard aircrew meets survivor of capsized vessel

Jordan Hanssen: Rescued April 6, 2013


MIAMI – A survivor from a recent Coast Guard search and rescue case visited Coast Guard Air Station Miami Wednesday to thank the crew who assisted in his rescue.

Jordan Hanssen, 29, was rescued by Coast Guard crews and a good Samaritan April 6, 2013.

Hanssen was on the 73rd day of an estimated 100 day voyage that originated in Dakar, Senegal and would finalize in Miami.

His journey ended abruptly when he and his crew were forced to embark their row boat's emergency life raft.

According to Department of Homeland Security, Coast Guard crewmembers aboard the HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft, with Air Station Miami, located Hanssen overturned 380 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico. The vessel capsized after being hit by a rogue wave.

To view more details on Hanssen's rescue click here.

This rescue serves as a reminder that boating season is just around the corner and all boaters should practice maritime safety measures while out on the water.