Coast Guard rescues two people from disabled vessel

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Two people were rescued at sea southwest of Abaco, Bahamas, by a deployed Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter crew Monday.

Nick Carullo and Calvin Koch were hoisted from the disabled 34-foot vessel, Dupleta, approximately two miles southwest of Abaco.

Seventh Coast Guard District command center received the report of the disabled vessel and launched an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., that is currently deployed for Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), to recover the men from their vessel and transport them to Nassau. The vessel was marked and arrangements were made with commercial salvage to recover the vessel.

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos is a combined Coast Guard, DEA and Government of Bahamas partnership to combat drug smuggling to and from the Bahamas. The OPBAT Operations Center is responsible for initiating and prosecuting law enforcement cases in the Bahamian area of responsibility (AOR). In addition, OPBAT assets regularly assist with prosecuting human smuggling and search and rescue cases throughout the AOR.

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