Coast Guard suspends search for 2 Dominican Republic fishermen

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews suspended their search Sunday for two overdue Dominican Republic fishermen missing since Friday, after fishing in the Silver Banks, approximately 50 nautical miles north of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Luis Antonio Cordero, 19, and Ciprian Helena Ulloa, 23, Dominican Republc nationals, are still missing after going out on a fishing boat and failing to return to their mother ship, the Daybi I, after they were scheduled to complete their fishing trip.

The master of the Daybi I reportedly went out on a second fishing boat to find Cordero and Ulloa. The master of the Daybi I reported having made contact with Cordero and Ulloa, whom stated when last seen, that they were not returning to the mother ship and would head back to Puerto Plata on their own.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan Joint Rescue Sub Center controllers received initial notification of the missing fishermen from the owners of the Daybi I at approximately 2:50 p.m. Friday, after the fishermen never arrived to Puerto Plata. Coast Guard controllers also received a request for assistance from the Dominican Republic Navy Friday to assist with the search efforts to find Cordero and Ulloa.

Coast Guard rescue crews searched in conjunction with the Dominican Republic Navy since Friday with an HU-25 Falcon Jet from Air Station Miami. The crew of the HU-25 Falcon Jet conducted a total of six searches spanning approximately 6,354 square nautical miles.

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