Coast Guard and VISAR Rescue Boater

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard and Virgin Islands Search and Rescue VISAR crews rescued a boater Sunday who was anchored and disabled aboard his 28-foot pleasure craft Four Brat, approximately 10 nautical miles north of Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

The boater established marine radio communications with VISAR on VHF-FM Channel 16 at approximately 6:30 p.m. and reported being in distress, that he had shot three flares and had only four handheld flares left.

Coast Guard controllers diverted an HU-25 Falcon Jet from Air Station Miami, Fla. on a law enforcement patrol in the Mona Passage and VISAR launched their rescue vessel to search for the boater aboard the Four Brat.

The Coast Guard aircrew arrived to the search area at approximately 7:16 p.m. and requested the distressed boater, on VHF-FM Channel 16, to launch another flare. The Coast Guard aircrew immediately located the boater after he shot the flare, and they were able to remain on scene and vector-in the VISAR rescue crew to the boater’s position to render assistance. The VISAR rescue crew recovered the boater from the distressed vessel and transported him to Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

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