3 People Rescued from Liferaft by Good Samaritan

MIAMI – Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Lake Worth Inlet, Fla., are scheduled to transfer three men rescued by the Good Samaritan vessel, Jo Cedar, after the fisherman’s vessel sank 75 miles east of Cape Canaveral to West Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday.

Coast Guard District Seven Search and Rescue coordinators in Miami received an emergency message from a Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) about 5:15 a.m. registered to the 51-foot fishing vessel Grand Cru and immediately launched an HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Miami to begin searching off the Cape Canaveral coast.

Jo Cedar, a 598-foot container ship en route from Savannah, Ga., to New Orleans, contacted Sector Miami at 5:45 a.m. stating they heard the crew of the Grand Cru on Channel 16 stating their vessel was sinking.

The Falcon jet crew located a debris field and life raft about 75 miles east of Cape Canaveral at 8 a.m. The crew of the Jo Cedar rescued all three people from the life raft shortly after.

“This search and rescue case highlights two excellent tools that the Coast Guard has to locate and rescue mariners in distress: the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and the Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER), both of which worked to perfection to save the three people onboard the fishing vessel,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kristi Luttrell, senior search and rescue coordinator for Coast Guard District Seven.

The Jo Cedar will rendezvous with crewmembers of Station Lake Worth Inlet about 2 p.m. and transport the three men to shore at Station Lake Worth Inlet.

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