Coast Guard ends search for 14 Dominican Republic migrants aboard overdue boat in the Caribbean Sea

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard rescue crews ended a massive four-day search Monday evening in the Caribbean Sea for possible survivors of an overdue illegal migrant boat reportedly transporting a group of 14 Dominican Republic nationals from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received multiple phone calls Friday night from concerned family members reporting that the migrant vessel was overdue since Sunday, Dec. 1, when it failed to arrive to Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico after having departed from the southern coast of the Dominican Republic earlier in the week.

“While the fate of people may never be known or what happened to them, our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones during this difficult time,” said, Capt. Drew Pearson, Sector San Juan commander. “While our search is over, we will continue to work with our partners to ensure those who endanger so many lives by attempting to make a perilous journey across the Mona Passage in unseaworthy and grossly overloaded boats are held accountable for their actions.”

Coast Guard search and rescue crews searched more than 76 hours during eight air and  seven surface searches with multiple Coast Guard aircraft and cutters covering approximately 39,000 square nautical miles within a search area that comprised the waters of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea.

If anyone has any information on this case please contact the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at 787-729-2041.

Coast Guard rescue crews involved in the search were:


•     Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell homeported in Miami, Fla.

•     Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo homeported in Puerto Rico.

•     HC-130 Hercules maritime patrol aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.

•    HC-144 Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.

•     Coast Guard Auxiliary fixed-wing aircraft from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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