Coast Guard Cutter Forward Rescues 18

PORTSMOUTH, VA. – The crew of a Portsmouth-based Coast Guard cutter was a part of the multi-national effort to search for 39 fishermen that were aboard a vessel that capsized 20 miles north of Monti Cristi, Dominican Republic. The crew of the Cutter Forward, on patrol in the Caribbean Sea, rescued 18 of the Dominican Republic fishermen.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Dominican Republic navy and the Haitian coast guard searched the waters for five days off the coast of Haiti and the Dominican Republic for the fishermen.

Twenty one fishermen, including the captain, survived the capsizing. The search for the remaining fishermen was suspended 7 p.m. Saturday.

According to the survivors, the 39 passengers aboard the fishing vessel began their trip about 5 p.m., April 23 from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and capsized 60 miles north of Puerto Plata around 1 a.m.

Two men were picked up by a Good Samaritan sometime Monday and reported the incident to the Dominican Republic navy. The Coast Guard was informed by the Dominican Republic navy Tuesday afternoon.

An H-60 Jayhawk helicopter, an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, an HU-25 Falcon jet and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft were all launched to search the area.

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