|Rescuing the sailboat|
"Mayday. Mayday. Mayday. This is the vessel Arawack. We require assistance." The firm voice repeat again, and again.
He prayed to a forgotten God. Let someone hear us. Please.
|BR-103 and crew on a calmer day|
|BR-103 - Naval Appreciation Day, memorial service at sea|
Eventually locating the US registered Arawack, the navy rescue crew struggled to put repair technicians on board the disabled yacht. Sliding into the deep troughs of the waves, and riding high on the swells the two boats tossed and jerked in a macabre dance while personnel from the navy boat transferred to the pleasure craft. Visibility was terrible. The winds fierce. And the waves increasing in size.
|Side-view of BR-103 during training sessions|
After fifty arduous hours, since the BR-103 had been dispatched from Isla Mujeres, the two boats arrived back at the Naval docks. Captain Huerta later discovered that the skipper of the Arawack had hoped that the US Coast Guard would have come to their rescue as he wanted to be towed back to an American marina.
|Getting ready for Hurricane Rina in October 2011|
Nicolas Huerta and his lovely wife Lupita, plus their six children have recently been transferred to Acapulco. He is currently the Academic Director at the Mexican Navy School of Search, Rescue, and Diving. Although he has always served on bases located in Mexico, Nicolas is very well traveled. He has been to many countries including the USA, Venezuela, Panama, Chile, Spain, Portugal, England, Finland, Russia, Germany, Denmark, Guatemala, and our home country of Canada.
They are missed by their many island friends.
Lynda & Lawrie