Coast Guard helps Royal Bahamas Police Force locate 10 overdue Bahamians

Southeastern Coast Guard News

MIAMI – A Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry crew assisted in the safe rescue of 10 people in the vicinity of Grand Bahamas Thursday.

Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center watchstanders were notified by Royal Bahamas Defence Force that a 31-foot boat with nine adults and one child aboard was overdue after leaving Grand Bahamas and never arriving to Grand Cay, Bahamas, as planned.

RBDF requested Coast Guard assistance, and watchstanders launched the Coast Guard Air Station Miami Ocean Sentry crew who located the vessel anchored and in no immediate distress. The Coast Guard vectored in the Royal Bahamas Police Force who safely embarked the 10 people.

The Coast Guard strongly urges all boaters to equip their boats with life jackets, a VHF-FM radio and the appropriate navigational charts. Boaters are also strongly encouraged to take a boating safety course and file a float plan before going out on the water.

For more complete information on safe boating, please visit http://uscgboating.org/. To learn how to get a free vessel-safety inspection from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit http://www.vesselsafetycheck.org/.

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