Coast Guard Seeks Information on Possible Missing Vessel

MIAMI (D7 Public Affairs) – Coast Guard crews responded to a distress call from the vessel Delilah 140 miles east of Savannah, Ga., Friday and are seeking any additional information about the vessel.

Several aircraft flying in the vicinity of Beaufort, Ga., reported hearing a 121.5 MHz distress call stating the vessel Delilah had a blue hull and was taking-on-water with six people aboard.

Coast Guard C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft crews from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., crewmembers aboard the cutters Yellowfin and Spencer and several good Samaritans searched a total 6,705 square miles during the three-day search. The search for Delilah and its six passengers was suspended pending further information Sunday evening.

If anyone has information concerning the vessel Delilah, please contact the Coast Guard District Seven Command Center at 305-415-6683.

The 121.5 MHz frequency will be obsolete after Feb. 1, 2009 and mariners are encouraged to transition to the 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPRIB). The 406 EPIRB can be registered to a vessel and will allow rescuers to know more about who you are, where you are, what your vessel looks like and list an emergency contact.

For more information about EPRIB’s or how they can help rescuers locate people in distress, please visit the Coast Guard Navigation Center website at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/gmdss/epirb.htm.

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