Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 5 from sinking boat

A Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered small boat crew makes their way back to the cutter after rescuing two people Saturday, April 28, 2018 from the sinking vessel La Bella approximately 13 miles northwest of Cat Cays, Bahamas. The vessel La Bella made a mayday call stating they were taking on water and were attempting to make it back to Cat Cays. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Galan

A Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered small boat crew makes their way back to the cutter after rescuing two people Saturday, April 28, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Galan

MIAMI—The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan vessel rescued five people Saturday from a sinking vessel 13 miles northwest of Cat Cays, Bahamas.

Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Miami Command Center received a mayday call over VHF-FM channel 16 from the vessel La Bella stating they were taking on water with five people aboard. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered to assist.

The good Samaritan vessel Troy crew responded to the UMIB and transferred three people off the La Bella as it attempted to make it back to Cat Cays.

The cutter Robert Yered arrived on scene with the La Bella as it began to sink and launched a small boat crew to rescue the remaining two people from the sinking La Bella who were attempting to make it back to Cat Cays.

All five people were safely rescued and brought back to Cat Cays with no reported injuries.

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