Coast Guard, Police Rescue Two Outside San Juan Harbor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard watchstanders and small boat crews from Station San Juan coordinated with the Puerto Rico Police marine unit in the rescue of two distressed mariners Thursday evening aboard a disabled pleasure craft at the mouth of San Juan Harbor.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received an emergency distress radio call from the 27-foot vessel Libertad de los Mares, reporting the vessel was disabled and sinking. Two Coast Guard small boat crews were launched from Station San Juan as well as a Forces United for Rapid Action (FURA) dive boat from Isla Grande, Puerto Rico..

The two men onboard had departed Piñones, and anchored their vessel after it became disabled and adrift near Isla de Cabras. After jumping into the water, two FURA rescue swimmers assisted the men until Coast Guard 47-foot and 25-foot small boat crews were able to recover all persons from the water.

“The immediate response and outstanding efforts of both Station San Juan and FURA resulted in the saving of these two gentlemen,” said Senior Chief Charles Lindsey, Station San Juan Officer in Charge. “Cooperation between both units could not have been better.”

Following the rescue, the Coast Guard small boat crews were able to tow the vessel to Coast Guard Base at La Puntilla.

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