Survivor thanks Coast Guard for rescue

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A survivor from a recent Coast Guard search and rescue made a point of visiting Air Station Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday to personally thank the crew that assisted in his rescue.

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Jordan Hanssen, 29, was rescued April 6 by Coast Guard crews and two good Samaritan vessels — the 800-foot Panamanian flag automobile carrier Heijin and the 600-foot Russian flag chemical-tank ship Tanais Leader.

Hanssen and three others were attempting to row a 29-foot boat from Dakar, Senegal, to Miami. They work for the Canadian Wildlife Foundation and were on the 73rd day of an estimated 100-day voyage that ended abruptly when a series of waves capsized the vessel and the crew was forced to abandon the boat for a life raft about 380 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico.

Click here for an account of the rescue operation.

Click here for a news account of the rescue.

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