This boat pioneered IRG's approach to humanitarian aid by sea, we regard this beautiful Albin Stratus as our "Scout ship" developing relations in ports along her voyages and providing aid where needed. Though IRG's smallest vessel, she can carry critical medical supplies, provide accommodations for tired doctors and nurses and we hope to install a powerful watermaker (fundraising in progress).
Captain Lou Rodriquez completed installation of Thunderbird 1's permanent Acapulco mooring and arranged shore services, now re-powering the vessel for her next mission to Panama.
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Location: Puerto Marquez, Acapulco, Mexico
Latest Activity: Aug 23, 2014
I'm flying to Acapulco on Tuesday to join the amazingly resourceful and Spanish-speaking Lou on Thunderbird 1. He's found some things that need fixing and getting on with what he can do locally - thanks Lou! We have developed shore relations and a permanent base here on the beach at Puerto Marques. Our plan is for Thunderbird 2 to join her and resupply in November this year, which will seriously establish IRG as a disaster relief and humanitarian aid support presence in the area, we're very excited. Thunderbird 2 has a 10-ton cargo hold, so we will be able to transport major amounts of medical supplies and goods "Por Los Ninos" in Zihuatanejo on the way, plus provide a very well-equipped workshop where we can fabricate almost any wood, fibreglass and metal parts and spares for both vessels - and has a 12 kW.hour per day solar panel array which means free sunlight power for both boats. Please contribute to our mission, click DONATE to the right!