Coast Guard searches for three in waters between Naguabo and Vieques, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard, Puerto Rico State Emergency Management and Puerto Rico Police rescue crews are searching for two women and a 14 year-old girl who went missing while transiting aboard a personal watercraft from Punta Arenas, Vieques to Naguabo, Puerto Rico, Sunday afternoon.

Coast Guard controllers in the Sector San Juan Joint Rescue Sub Center received a telephone call from a 911 operator at 7:25 p.m. Sunday who initially reported the incident.

The reporting source stated that the missing persons where returning to Naguabo from a family day in Punta Arenas, Vieques, and that they had departed to Naguabo at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, five to seven minutes ahead of two other personal watercrafts. Upon arriving at Naguabo, the persons aboard the two other personal watercrafts found no signs of the three missing persons.

The three missing watercraft riders reportedly were wearing life jackets and had no other emergency or signaling device equipment.

Coast Guard controllers immediately launched HH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Borinquen Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to initiate the search for the missing watercraft riders. Coast Guard rescue crews continue searching Monday with HH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Borinquen, 33-foot response boats from Boat Station San Juan, an Air Station Miami HU-25 Falcon Jet deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and a Coast Guard Auxiliary fixed-wing aircraft. Puerto Rico State Emergency Management Agency rescue crews are also coordinating local search efforts with the Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces For Rapid Action (F.U.R.A.) and Municipal authorities in the east coast of Puerto Rico and Vieques to find the watercraft riders.

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