Air Station Borinquen Rescues One, Search Continues for Missing Boater

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crews of a Coast Guard helicopter rescued one of four men from a capsized vessel Wednesday and are searching with local authorities for another in waters, approximately two nautical miles north of Punta Picua off Río Grande, Puerto Rico.

Two other boaters from the capsized vessel swam safely to shore and reported the incident to a security guard at the Gran Melía Resort in Río Grande. The boaters reportedly were not wearing life jackets when their 16-foot boat capsized.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector San Juan received a call at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday from a 911 operator, who reported the incident.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan launched an Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to the scene. The Coast Guard helicopter crew located one of the boaters stranded on a reef near the shoreline at approximately 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, they deployed their rescue swimmer and hoisted the boater safely on board. The rescued boater was transferred to awaiting Emergency Medical Services personnel at the Isla Grande Airport, Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard rescue crews aboard an Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a Station San Juan 45-foot Response Boat continue searching alongside Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action F.U.R.A. marine units for the remaining boater.

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