Search Suspended for 3 Missing Off Jamaica

MIAMI – Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at the Coast Guard’s Seventh District Command Center in Miami suspended search efforts Tuesday for three crewmembers from a capsized go-fast vessel south of Jamaica.

Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, a C-130 Hercules fixed wing aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, a Customs and Border Protection P-3 AEW (Advanced Early Warning) maritime patrol aircraft and a CBP P-3 LRT (Long Range Tracker) maritime patrol aircraft spent more than 23 hours searching a 980 square mile area.

While conducting law enforcement patrols Sunday, a CBP P-3 aircraft from Corpus Christi, Texas, located a target and observed a man clinging to the hull of a capsized go-fast vessel 235 miles south of Jamaica. The Coast Guard coordinated with the master of a nearby merchant vessel to recover the man and then initiated search efforts for the missing crewmembers.

The cutter Tahoma is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, N.H.

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