Rescue Crews Searching Mona Passage for 14 Passengers of Capsized Boat

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews are searching Wednesday for 14 of 17 migrants who fell into Mona Passage waters after their yola capsized in waters northeast of Cabo Engaño, Dominican Republic Monday.

The incident was initially reported to the Dominican Republic navy authorities after crewmembers of a Good Samaritan 28-foot Sportsfisher charter boat rescued two men and one woman from the water Wednesday morning. The migrants were staying afloat by holding onto five-gallon water jugs, approximately seven nautical miles north northeast of Cabo Engaño, Dominican Republic when they were rescued.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan Joint Rescue Sub Center controllers received a request for assistance from Dominican Republic navy authorities Wednesday morning to assist with the search efforts to find survivors from the capsized yola.

Sector San Juan controllers launched two Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, HH-65 Dolphin helicopters and diverted Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo to the scene. Coast Guard helicopter rescue crews and the crew of cutter Key Largo are currently on scene searching for possible survivors.

Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo is a 110-foot patrol boat home ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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