Coast Guard Rescues Three Men off El Morro Waters

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Coast Guard rescue crew from Station San Juan, pulled three people to safety after their 15-foot recreational vessel sank in waters off Fort San Felipe Del Morro, Old San Juan, Sunday afternoon.

Felix Santana Salcedo, 52, Giovanni Calderon Garcia, 24, and Josue Martinez Torres, 17, residents of Dorado, Puerto Rico were spearfishing in waters approximately 150 yards north of “El Morro,” when their vessel began taking on water and sank leaving the three survivors in the water.

An unknown source contacted the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at 2:55 p.m. Sunday and reported the incident over the telephone. The rescue crew from Boat Station San Juan launched their 47-foot motor lifeboat and safely recovered each person from the water, and transferred them to a Cataño Municipal Police marine unit in the San Juan Harbor Anegado Channel. The survivors were transported to the Cataño Municipality boat ramp where they were released.

“This was a great rescue, Puerto Rico and Municipal Police air and marine units also responded promptly to the scene,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michelle Rivera, Station San Juan. “People should be more conscientious when anchoring their vessels and not leaving them unattended during any type of recreational activity in the water.”

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