Coast Guard, Navy, British Royal Navy searching for vessel near Vieques after Maria

MIAMI — Coast Guard, Navy and British Royal Navy crews are searching Thursday for a vessel that went missing near Vieques, Puerto Rico Wednesday.

The vessel Ferrel, with two adults and two children, lost communications with Coast Guard watchstanders Wednesday.

Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders received an alert via emergency position indicating radio beacon and then a distress call Wednesday from the Ferrel stating they were disabled and adrift in 20-foot seas and 100-knot winds. The Coast Guard lost contact with the vessel due to weather.

An urgent marine information broadcast was issued immediately after the distress call.

Coast Guard, Navy and British Royal Navy crews are conducting search operations with the following crews:

  • A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane
  • A Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter
  • The USS Kearsarge
  • A Navy MH-60 helicopter
  • The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay with a search and rescue helicopter and an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team 101

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