Coast Guard rescues 2 from disabled vessel 20 miles southwest of Bahamas

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter File Photo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued two people from a disabled vessel Wednesday approximately 20 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas.

At approximately 8:40 a.m., Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert from a vessel southwest of the Bahamas. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered to the scene to assist. The helicopter crew hoisted the two people from the sailing vessel Mavi, and will transfer them to Palm Beach International Airport.

“The possession and proper utilization of an EPIRB was crucial to the success of this rescue mission,” said Lt. Patrick Leavitt, chief duty officer at Coast Guard 7th District. “We recommend all boaters have a registered EPIRB, and know where all their equipment is in case of an emergency.”


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