Coast Guard and CBP Searching for 3 South of Jamaica

MIAMI – Search and Rescue coordinators at Coast Guard’s Seventh District Command Center in Miami are organizing a search for three people reported missing from a capsized vessel south of Jamaica, Monday.

While conducting law enforcement patrols Sunday, a Customs and Border Protection P-3 AEW (Advanced Early Warning) maritime patrol aircraft, stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, detected a target of interest with it’s domed radar system and directed a second P-3 LRT (Long Range Tracker), stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., to investigate.

The LRT crew located the target and observed a man clinging to the hull of a capsized go-fast vessel 235-miles south of Jamaica. The aircrew contacted the District Seven Command Center and SAR coordinators requested the closest merchant vessel recover the man. Once aboard the ship the man reported three other people from the go-fast were unaccounted for.

Upon report of the three missing people, SAR controllers diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma and tasked a C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft from Air Station Clearwater and a P-3 LRT from Jacksonville to conduct searches in the area.

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

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