Coast Guard locates overdue Spanish boater off Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard rescue crews ended their search for an overdue Spanish boater who was found to not be in distress after being located at 6 p.m. Wednesday by the crew of a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft, aboard the 42-foot sailing vessel Sigrid, in the vicinity of Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico.

Rafael Conti Cañada, 47, a citizen of Spain, was reported overdue to the Coast Guard Wednesday morning after not arriving Tuesday to Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico from a one-man voyage that began in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 4. Conti continued to sail towards Cabo Rojo, where he is expected to arrive Thursday morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan were contacted Wednesday morning by Conti’s wife who called from Spain to report her husband overdue and communicate his last know position 214 nautical miles north of the Dominican Republic, when she last spoke with her husband Oct. 17.

The Coast Guard ended the search after the pilot of the Coast Guard Auxilary aircraft was able to establish radio communication with the sailing vessel Sigrid and confirm that Conti Cañada was not in distress and that inclement weather had delayed his arrival to Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

Involved in the search for Conti Cañada were:

  • HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
  • Coast Guard Cutter Matinicus, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary fixed-wing aircraft from Puerto Rio
  • The AMVER vessel Sifnos
  • Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA)

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  1. Hache Vazquez says:

    Bravo/Zulu to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist that gave their time, resources and expertise in order to fulfill the credo of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty!