Coast Guard rescues 6 overdue St. Lucian men off Martinique

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley rescued six St. Lucian men May 15, 2017 from the overdue 20-foot boat, One Time, approximately 25 nautical miles off the western coast of Martinique. The rescued men reportedly were adrift for 13 hours without food, water and radio equipment, after their boat ran out of gas and engine oil on their return trip to St. Lucia from Martinique. (U.S. Coast Guard photo).

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley rescued six St. Lucian men May 15, 2017 approximately 25 nautical miles off the western coast of Martinique. (U.S. Coast Guard photo).

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley rescued six St. Lucian men Monday from the overdue 20-foot boat, One Time, approximately 25 nautical miles off the western coast of Martinique.

The rescued men reportedly departed Martinique at approximately 3 a.m. Monday and were returning to St. Lucia, when their boat ran out of gas and engine oil shortly after their departure.

The Donald Horsley, while on a routine patrol in Caribbean international waters, came across the blue and white-hulled boat at approximately 4 p.m. Monday, as the disabled vessel was drifting farther away from shore. The rescued men communicated to the Donald Horsley that they had been adrift without food and water for over 13 hours, and that they had no radio equipment to communicate a distress and call for help.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan contacted the Fort de France Maritime Co-ordination Center in Martinique to report the situation, and were informed there was an ongoing search for the men, who had been reported overdue.

The crew of the Donald Horsley embarked the six men, who agreed to receive Coast Guard assistance, and later transferred them to a French Coast Guard patrol boat off Martinique.

“This case demonstrates the risks of the sea and how the U.S. Coast Guard provides assistance to mariners all over the world, said Lt. Colleen Denny, U.S. Coast Guard Donald Horsley commanding officer. “Thanks to the sharp search and rescue training and watchstanding coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard and our French partners, we found the “One Time” and saved six lives before night fall.”

The Donald Horsley is a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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