Coast Guard ends search for missing fishermen in the Mona Passage

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews at Sector San Juan ended their search Sunday evening for two missing fishermen in Mona Passage waters northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

The missing fishermen reportedly are 39 and 32 year-old men residents of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

The Coast Guard launched a multi-day search after Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a call Thursday from the wife of one of the fishermen, who notified the men did not return from their fishing trip to the Los Rabos fishing grounds Wednesday afternoon.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the missing men,” said Captain Eduardo Pino, Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander.

Since the search began Thursday, Coast Guard rescue crews searched approximately 2,837 square nautical miles aboard surface and air assets, including HH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla, an HC-130 aircraft from Air Station Clearwater Fla., an HU-25 Falcon Jet from Air Station Miami, the Coast Guard Cutter Farallon and Coast Guard Auxliary aircraft.

Also, rescue crews aboard Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine units and the crew aboard the Dominican Republic Navy vessel Polaris assisted with the search efforts.

Coast Guard Cutter Farallon is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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