On November 29, the crew of Flying Start, a Moody 38, came upon a small boat with 15 suspected African immigrants on board. Nick Lewis, skipper of Flying Start, contacted the World Cruising Club, who in turn contacted Marine Rescue & Coordination Centre in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Authorities requested that Flying Start remain with the other boat until the hospital ship Esperansa del Mar (which arrived on the scene November 30) could assist the immigrants. Thirty-four people had originally set out on the small craft, and when Flying Start arrived, one of the remaining 15 had just recently died. After the rescue was complete, Flying Start rejoined the ARC and continued on their way.