Coast Guard rescues personal watercraft rider from cave in Loíza, Puerto Rico.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crew of a Coast Guard helicopter rescued a man Sunday from a cave in Vacía Talega Beach in Loíza, Puerto Rico Sunday.

The man was one of two personal watercraft operators who fell into the water while boating in Loíza waters. One man was able to hold on to his personal watercraft and safely reach shore by swimming and drifting, while the other was swept into a cave by heavy currents.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a call at 1:35 p.m. Sunday from a 911 Emergency Services operator, who relayed a report of the incident from a bystander on scene.

Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen personnel in Aguadilla launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to the scene, while a Coast Guard Boat Station San Juan crew responded aboard a 33-foot response boat. Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action (F.U.R.A.) rescue crews also arrived on scene aboard a helicopter and two personal watercrafts.

Heavy weather and currents prevented rescue surface assets from reaching the man trapped in the cave. The crew of the Coast Guard helicopter deployed their rescue swimmer and hoisted the man from the cave onboard the aircraft using a rescue basket.

The rescued man suffered cuts and bruises and was transported to the Centro Medical Hospital to receive further medical care.

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