Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters from aground sailing vessel near Bahamas

Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter

USCG file photo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters from a sailing vessel that ran aground near Sale Cay, Bahamas, Monday evening.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet, Fla., received notification at 5:54 p.m. from a good Samaritan stating there were two people aboard a 46-foot sailing vessel named Counts Quarters that ran aground near Sale Cay, Bahamas.

Search-and-rescue coordinators at the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., deployed to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) on Andros Island, Bahamas, to rescue the stranded boaters.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 8:12 p.m. and safely hoisted the two boaters, who were wearing their life jackets, and transferred them to Treasure Cay, Bahamas, in good condition.

“This case is a textbook example of search-and-rescue team coordination bringing boaters in distress to safety,” said Michael Mullen, Seventh Coast Guard District search-and-rescue duty officer. “The Coast Guard strongly encourages boaters to equip their vessels with emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), VHF radios and visual distress signals.”

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