Coast Guard rescues man stranded for five days in Bahamas

MIAMI – A man who was stranded on an island in the Bahamas for five days is safe after the Coast Guard rescued him Thursday afternoon.

Rescued was Andrew Black, Bahamian national, 55-years old.

While on a routine patrol, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew spotted a man waving his arms in distress on an uninhabited island off Inagua, Bahamas. The helicopter crew safely hoisted the man off the island and transported him to Mathew Town, Great Inagua Island, Bahamas.

While in transit, the Bahamian man explained to the Coast Guard crew that he was hitching a ride on a boat from Nassau to Mayaguana, Bahamas, but when he found out that the vessel was going to Haiti, the boat dropped him off on the remote island because he didn’t have a passport and told him they would return later to pick him up. Five days had passed but the vessel did not return. He survived on the island with food and water that was left with him.

No further medical attention was needed.

This is the second rescue in just over a week where the Coast Guard has rescued someone from an uninhabited island.

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