Coast Guard assists vessel aground off Nicaragua

US Coast Guard File Photo

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence assisted the crew of a sailing vessel that ran aground approximately 170 miles east of Nicaragua, Saturday.

The crew of the sailing vessel Pulchras was transiting towards Colon, Panama Saturday when their vessel ran aground around 170 miles east of Nicaragua in the vicinity of the Serrala Bank. The Diligence crew received notification via an Electronic Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert that the Pulchras crew needed assistance and began their transit towards the Pulchras.

Once on scene, the crew of the Diligence launched their smallboat and recovered the six people from the Pulchras. There were no reported injuries from the crew aboard the Pulchras.

The Diligence headed towards San Andreas, Colombia, Sunday and transferred the crew of the Pulchras to personnel from the Colombian navy.

This successful rescue illustrates the importance of maintaining a registered EPIRB while underway. When a satellite picks up an EPIRB’s signal it calculates an accurate position of the distress and the Coast Guard is able to dispatch rescue crews to that location.

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