Coast Guard investigates boating collision in La Parguera, Puerto Rico

A photo of the commercial passenger vessel La Nena II following a boat collision with a recreational vessel Tuesday night just off La Parguera in Lajas, Puerto Rico. The U.S. Coast Guard along with other local agencies will be conducting an investigation to try to determine the causal factors that led to the collision and prevent other similar events from taking place in the future. So far, 21 people were reported to have sustained injuries and passengers from both vessels have been accounted for.

The commercial passenger vessel La Nena II following a boat collision with a recreational vessel Tuesday night just off La Parguera in Lajas, Puerto Rico. 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a collision between a recreational boat and a commercial passenger vessel that occurred Tuesday night just off “Isla Magueyes” in Lajas, Puerto Rico.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a radio call on VHF channel 16 at approximately 9:50p.m. Tuesday from the recreational vessel Andrea, a 33-foot hydra sport with 10 passengers on board, who requested assistance following a collision with the commercial passenger vessel La Nena II, which was transporting 28 passengers and two crewmen. Coast Guard watchstanders also received a 911 call from the captain of La Nena II notifying the incident and requesting medical assistance for injured passengers onboard.

So far, 21 passengers from both vessels have been reported with sustained injuries.

Coast Guard watchstanders contacted Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces for Rapid Action in the local area to alert them of the situation, who responded with a marine unit that arrived on scene to render assistance. U.S. Coast Guard investigators arrived on scene Tuesday night and are currently investigating the cause of the collision.

Both the recreational vessel and La Nena II were able to transit under their own power to “La Parguera,” where Puerto Rico Police, Puerto Rico Emergency Management personnel and Emergency Medical Services units arrived on scene to assist and coordinate the transport of injured passengers to local medical facilities in the area.

“We were relieved to hear that all passengers and crew from both vessels had been accounted for and were receiving assistance from Emergency Medical Service personnel on scene,” said Cmdr. Janet Espino-Young, Sector San Juan chief of prevention. “The Coast Guard along with other local agencies will be conducting an investigation to try to determine the causal factors that led to this boat collision and prevent other similar events from taking place in the future.”

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