Coast Guard Auxiliary and a Good Samaritan combine efforts to rescue British Virgin Islands fisherman 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew and a Good Samaritan Vessel combined efforts Wednesday night to rescue a British Virgin Islands overdue fisherman, in waters northeast of Anegada Island, British Virgin Islands.

Rescued is Edward Hagley, 52, after he reportedly went out on a fishing trip Saturday morning and did not return to Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, where he was expected to arrive at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchstanders received a telephone call from the British Virgin Islands Search and Rescue personnel Wednesday afternoon, notifying they had received a cellular phone call from Hagley, who requested assistance and notified he was disabled in waters off of Anegada Island.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan diverted a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft to the scene, while the British Virgin Islands Search and Rescue sent out the Good Samaritan Vessel Robin II to find Hagels.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew located Hagley aboard his vessel signaling for assistance with a mirror. The Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew vectored the Robin II to Hagley’s position, while the crew of the Robin II was able to arrive on scene with Hagley and provide assistance in repairing his vessel. The Robin II escorted Hagley to Virgin Gorda, where they arrived safely at approximately 7:42p.m. Thursday.

Coast Guard rescue crews searched since Monday afternoon for the overdue fisherman with an Air Station Miami HU-25 Falcon Jet and the Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo and a Coast Guard Auxiliary Fixed Wing fixed-wing aircraft out of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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