June 2, 2011
DAIO AZALEA, a woodchip carrier owned by an overseas subsidiary of TAIYO NIPPON KISEN CO., LTD. which is the wholly-owned ship managing subsidiary of "K" Line, rescued 2 Italians from STELLA COMETA, a 43-foot catamaran that sank 900 miles east of Boston on May 11.
STELLA COMETA was on a voyage from New York City to Portugal, but she requested the rescue after suffering a broken mast and was taking on water after hitting a big wave. DAIO AZALEA was 28 miles from the stricken sailboat when the U.S Coast Guard radioed a request to assist at around 5:15pm local time on May 11. DAIO AZALEA rushed to the scene and at around 7:45pm found the abandoned crew members in life rafts. As rescue operations continued in the darkness of night while facing heavy and threatening sea conditions, both of the Italians were finally safely transferred to DAIO AZALEA at around 10:30pm. Once onboard, their health condition was reportedly good and they safely disembarked at Pozzalo port in Italy on May 23.