For the radio ham, rescuing a foundering ship is all in a day’s work. When I was serving in the Air Force in Alaska as a machinist, I met a friend who worked in the weld shop who did just that. Ed Luteran, KL7HRN, was involved in the rescue of the crew and passengers of a ship that caught fire. Ed introduced me to ham radio, even keying the microphone and letting me talk to a fella in Australia.
At SAILWX.INFO they have this extremely cool real-time searchable map of ships at sea. For me it’s always a big kick when I get the chance to work a wireless station on a cruise ship, such as Marius,YO4HGX/MM
or a research vessel Mike, GM0HCQ/MM.