Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescues 4 people 15 miles southeast of Freeport, Bahamas

Coast Guard HC-144 file photo

Coast Guard HC-144 file photo

MIAMI — A good Samaritan vessel, assisted by the Coast Guard, rescued four people Sunday 15 miles southeast of Freeport Harbor, Bahamas.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th District Command Center received a request from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for assistance in the search for four people, whose vessel reportedly capsized earlier Sunday morning. The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew on patrol to assist in the search for the four people.

The airplane crew arrived on scene at 8:50 a.m. and located four people sitting atop a capsized 15-foot skiff. The aircrew vectored in the bulk carrier vessel, SBI Samson, to assist.

The SBI Samson crew recovered all four people from the water in good condition with no reported injuries. The SBI Samson crew will transfer them to Freeport Harbor Patrol.

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