Coast Guard rescues 6 people from adrift vessel 76 miles southwest of Tortuga

With the aid of a spot light Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) crewmembers located the adrift vessel with six Jamaican people aboard. The Jamaican survivors stated that they were adrift for two days and they were running out of provisions.

With the aid of a spot light Coast Guard Cutter Thetis crewmembers located an adrift vessel with six Jamaican people aboard. 

MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued six Jamaican Nationals adrift Friday approximately 76 miles south west of Tortuga, Haiti.

Rescued were, Garnel Goldson ,30, Rohan Smith, 50, Raymond Foster, 30, Jermaine Brown ,32, Marvin Buchanon ,39, Jermaine Lobiboun ,33, all of them Jamaican Nationals.

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WEMC-910) crewmembers observed a handheld flare and diverted to the origin location of a disabled vessel that was on a voyage from Jamaica to Tortuga. The master of the vessel reported to be adrift for two days and the crew was running low on provisions.

The cutter Thetis crew safely embarked the six survivors and transferred them to Cuban authorities with no reported injuries.

“The sea can be unforgiving and when a boat or vessel experiences a casualty at sea, having the right equipment can save lives as this case shows,” said Chris Eddy, Coast Guard 7th District search and rescue coordinator. “This flare signaled to the crew of the Thetis who was within range to see it, ready to respond, and was able to save these six people.”

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