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Atlantic Area
U.S. Coast Guard

Press Release

Date: Jan. 17, 2006


*Footage of the capsized rowboat and the rescuers can be picked up at the security gate at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla. It is requested that television stations work with their local Clearwater affiliates to obtain the footage.

Stavros Niarchos PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Coast Guard footage of a rescue of two rowers 1,300 miles east of Puerto Rico is available.

Sarah Kessans, 22, from Salem, Ind., and Emily Kohl, 23, from Plainfield, Ill., are currently aboard the Starvos S. Niarchos headed to Barbados after they were rescued Monday from their capsized 24-foot rowboat, American Fire.

The American Fire was participating in the 2005 Atlantic Rowing Race, a trans-Atlantic rowboat race from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.

After receiving the alert the Coast Guard launched a C-130 search and Rescue airplane from Air Station Clearwater, Fl., and contacted the near by sailing vessel Starvos S. Niarchos, a 180-foot two masted sailing vessel homeported in London, England.

The American Fire is the second rowboat in the race that the Coast Guard has assisted.


Tall Ship Starvos S. Niarchos

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