Coast Guard responds to possible people in the water northwest of Haiti

NorthlandMIAMI — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a 212-foot cargo ship with 12 crew members aboard reportedly sinking 51 nautical miles northwest of Haiti, Thursday night.

Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received a relay message from Her Majesty’s Coast Guard after they received an Inmarsat satellite message stating the Bolivian-flagged cargo ship Minouche, listing 30 degrees to port and all 12 crewmembers aboard were making preperations to abandon ship.

The Coast Guard immediately diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Northland and launched a helicopter crew forward deployed in Great Inagua, Bahamas. A good Samaritan vessel and member of the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System, commonly referred to as AMVER, has also been diverted to the vessels last known position.


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