Coast Guard Rescues Four Fisherman

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew hoisted four fishermen to safety on Tuesday who were stranded on Cayo Diablo, Puerto Rico due to bad weather conditions.

Victor Pabón Ramirez, 59, Alexander Pabón, 39, residents of Guaynabo, and Rufiño Carrión Ortíz, 58, Rafael Aguirre Cáceres, 37, residents of Gurabo, departed Fajardo on a fishing trip Monday morning. The men went fishing in waters near the keys west of Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, and did not return to Fajardo Tuesday morning when they were expected to arrive from their fishing trip.

Aberto Santiago, brother in law of Alexander Pabón, called the Coast Guard at approximately 6:46 p.m. and reported that his brother in law and three other persons were overdue from their fishing trip. Sector San Juan Joint Rescue Sub Center controllers were able to contact Alexander Pabón by cellular phone, who reported that all four men were stranded on Cayo Diablo, and three of them needed to receive medical assistance.

Coast Guard controllers immediately launched and Air Station Borinquen HH-65 Dolphin helicopter to rescue the stranded men. The helicopter aircrew arrived at the scene and used their basket to hoist all four men to safety. The rescue crew transported the fishermen to the Isla Grande Airport in San Juan and released them in good health to Emergency Medical Services personnel waiting at the airport.

The rescued men reported running out of food and water prior to being rescued, and they had gone fishing aboard a 22-foot vessel, blue and white fiberglass hull, with the name Rufo printed on the side, and powered by a single outboard 125-horsepower engine.

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