Coast Guard rescues 2 Haitians from disabled vessel 12 miles west of Great Inagua

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

MIAMI—The Coast Guard rescued two Haitian mariners Monday from the disabled 50-foot freighter, Azema, approximately 12 miles west of Great Inagua, Bahamas.

Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District command center received a call from Bahamian authorities reporting a vessel in distress. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew deployed in Great Inagua was launched.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene with an interpreter to determine the vessel was disabled. Due to heavy seas causing the vessel to take on water, the helicopter crew hoisted the two Haitians and brought them to Great Inagua.

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