The crew of the Rio Grande had a pleasant surprise when rescue
survivor Senhora Vania Carrera Prado visited the vessel with her
husband on 31st March 2014 to thank crew members one more time for
their incredible actions last December.
While on approach to Sao Sebastiao,
Brazil, on 28th December 2013, OS/Messman Ronel
Francisco Hospital spotted a lone person drifting out to open
sea so quickly raised the alarm. The crew of the Rio Grande
immediately threw a lifebuoy into the water and informed the bridge
of the situation by radio.
Above: photos of Mrs Prado's
rescue 28th December 2013
The vessel altered course so they
could recover the adrift person and a lookout was posted on the
bridge wing to observe them. The survivor, civilian Senhora Vania
Carrera Prado, was rescued within minutes. She was found to be in
shock but fully mobile and coherent. Senhora Prado was given first
aid, water, food, dry clothes and blankets by the crew.
Visiting the Rio Grande in March of
2014, Senhora Prado and her husband thanked the crew cordially for
their life saving efforts.
Above: photos of Mrs & Mr Prado's visit to Rio Grande
31st March 2014
Master of the Rio Grande, Robert Gogosza, said: "It was a
surprise and great pleasure to all of us see her in good
Captain Gogosza also expressed his thanks on behalf of all Rio
Grande crew for the V.Ships team members who supported them during
Rio Grande is a DP2 shuttle tanker
managed by V.Ships Brasil and supported by V.Ships Poland