Coast Guard rescue crews prevent vessel from sinking 108 nautical miles southeast of Saint Croix

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews responded to and assisted the three-man crew aboard the motor vessel Titanic that was taking on water Wednesday afternoon, approximately 108 nautical miles southeast of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The crew consisting on one U.S. and two British citizens were traveling from the island of St. Vincent to San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard the St. Kitts and Nevis flagged 258-foot motor yacht, when the vessel began taking on water from an undetermined location.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a call at 1:19 p.m. Wednesday from Coast Guard Atlantic Area watchstanders in Portsmouth Va., who relayed a report on the Titanic’s distress received from the Rescue Coordination Center in Falmouth, United Kingdom.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Chincoteague and an Air Station Clearwater Fla. C-130 aircraft diverted to render assistance, while the crew of an Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter prestaged a rescue helicopter in Saint Croix.

They crew of the Chincoteague arrived on scene with the Titanic at 2:30a.m. Thursday as the vessel was listing and in danger of sinking. The Chincoteague deployed a Coast Guard Rescue and Assistance Team aboard the Titanic equipped with a P-100 pump to dewater the vessel. The Rescue and Assistance Team removed more than eight feet of water from the Titanic’s engine room stabilizing the vessel and they restored power onboard by getting the generator to operate.

“This was an outstanding response by the crews from the Chincoteague and Air Station’s Clearwater and Borinquen,” said Cmdr. James Sutton, Sector San Juan chief of response. “The Chincoteague sailed more than 140 miles to the scene, they assessed the situation and worked through the night to save that ship. I am very proud of the crew for a job well done.”

The crew of the Saint Croix Tug Boat Mitchel also arrived on scene and is taking the Titanic in tow to Frederiksted Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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

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