Galapagos Passengers Adrift Rescued by Coast Guard
July 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
The boat P/ Albany registration number TN-01-00271 went a drift on Tuesday after running out of fuel with 20 adults and 4 children from various counties aboard. The boat had exceeded its passenger capacity and the captain underestimated the amount of fuel needed with the extra weight as a result the boat ran out of fuel and was adrift while making its way between Isabela and Santa Cruz.
The navy reported the emergency and the Coast Guard vessel Cormorant departed Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz and rescued the stranded passengers and brought fuel to the ship. Both boats arrived in Puerto Ayora at 8pm on Tuesday night. The passengers identified only as American, German, French and Ecuadorian citizens were all said to be in good health according to naval authorities.
The navy has stated there will be an investigation and the shipowner and captain will be held responsible for carrying excess passengers as well as needing to repay all costs of the rescue.
The Galapagos National Park (GNP) is the agency responsible for carrying out checks on tourist boats in the archipelago. However many of the smaller boats such as the Albany are not allowed to operate within the National Park other than to transport passengers between towns. The safety and security of these boats are not up to the same standards as the yachts providing Galapagos Cruises.