Bremen (dpa/mv) - Task forces from the German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked Persons (DGzRS) freed the crew of the sailing ship "Atlantis" south of Rügen from an awkward situation on Monday. The three-master had gotten stuck northeast of the island of Vilm south of Rügen on the edge of the fairway, as the DGzRS announced. There were twelve people on board the tall ship, all of whom were unharmed.
The crew of the rescue cruiser "Berthold Beitz" pulled the "Atlantis", which according to the DGzRS weighs around 600 tons, free using a 1600 hp main engine. The crew of the sea rescue boat "Caspar Otten" secured the operation. After the crew of the "Atlantis" had made sure that no water got in, the ship, sailing under the Dutch flag, continued its journey under its own power.
According to the information, the sea rescuers were deployed 47 times on the North and Baltic Seas on the long Ascension weekend from May 26th to 29th, helping 97 people. Alone off the east coast of Schleswig-Holstein, 43 people received help, another 45 on the Baltic Sea off Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.