Coast Guard ends search after overdue fisherman from Ponce, Puerto Rico is found safe following capsizing

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard rescue crews ended their search Friday night for an overdue fisherman off the southern coast of Ponce, Puerto Rico, after the fisherman was found to be safe in the municipality of Guayanilla.

José Montero Rosado, 58, who is a resident of Ponce, was reported by a friend to the Coast Guard as being overdue, after he reportedly went out by himself on a fishing trip Wednesday morning from Villa Marina in Ponce to the island of Caja de Muertos.

Coast Guard Watchstanders in Sector San Juan received notification from Puerto Rico Emergency Management authorities in Guayanilla Friday night, that Montero Rosado was found to be safe after his boat capsized off the coast of Guayanilla Friday morning. Following the capsizing, Montero Rosado was able to drift safely to shore with the help of a lifejacket and the currents. Montero Rosado was taken to a local hospital to receive needed medical care.

Coast Guard rescue crews that participated in searching for Montero Rosado were:

  • MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter deployed to Coast Guard Sector San Juan from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen
  • HC-144 Ocean Sentry Aircraft deployed to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen from Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary fixed-wing aircraft from Isla Grande, Puerto Rico

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