Coast Guard Rescues Two Boaters South of STX

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer grabs hold of a life raft Thursday about 32 miles south of St. Croix. The helicopter crew rescued two people who had abandoned their sinking vessel. (Coast Guard photo)
A Coast Guard rescue swimmer grabs hold of a life raft Thursday about 32 miles south of St. Croix. The helicopter crew rescued two people who had abandoned their sinking vessel. (Coast Guard photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday rescued two boaters from the water approximately 32 miles south of St. Croix.

According to the Coast Guard, the crew of the sailing vessel, Summer Star, notified Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchstanders at approximately 6:48 a.m. that they had abandoned their sinking ship and were on a life raft in the water.

A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the two people and took them ashore to local emergency medical services.

The Coast Guard did not identify the two boaters.

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“This rescue demonstrates the importance of having the right type of emergency equipment,” said Petty Officer First Class Andres Perez, the operations specialist who coordinated the rescue. “It was the EPIRB that notified our rescue center when the persons aboard did not have time to broadcast a mayday prior to abandoning ship, and because of the mariner’s preparation we were able to establish communication and coordinate a quick and successful rescue.”

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