Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 3 north of Dominican Republic

130 KodiakMIAMI – A good Samaritan rescued three mariners Thursday with assistance of a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater aircrew more than 400 miles north of Dominican Republic.

Watch standers at the 7th Coast Guard District received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert Wednesday evening from the 57-foot sailboat Leopard. The watch standers directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crew to search.

The aircrew arrived on scene Thursday at 2:49 a.m. and located the overturned sailboat with three people in a dingy nearby. The aircrew then vectored in the crew of the 170-foot motor vessel Aloe who rescued the three mariners at approximately 5:30 a.m. No medical concerns were reported.

The three mariners departed Chesapeake, Va., Saturday to transport the Leopard to Saint Martin.

“Because these mariners had a registered EPIRB aboard their vessel we were able to locate them quickly and vector in the vessel Aloe,” said Michael Mullen, 7th Coast Guard District command duty officer. “A case like this is a prime example of why the Coast Guard stresses all mariners purchase, register and carry EPIRBs aboard their vessels. Having boating safety equipment like EPIRBs and life jackets could mean the difference between life and death, and in this case these mariners were rescued safely because they had both.”

Boating safety information including how to register EPIRBs are available on the U.S. Coast Guard boating safety web site at:

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