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Coast Guard cutter helps rescue 4 Dominicans at sea

Miami.– A Port Canaveral-based U.S. Coast Guard crew helped rescue five people after their vessel caught fire and sank offshore of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

USCG Cutter Confidence was dispatched about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday after a sailboat came across a 50-foot vessel engulfed in flames and partially underwater about 40 miles north of the Dominican Republic, officials said.

Five survivors had apparently abandoned ship and were found clinging to debris in the water. Officials estimated they’d been in the water for about 15 hours.

The Coast Guard sent Confidence, a Jayhawk helicopter, an Ocean Sentry aircraft and vessel Tug Navigator to the area to search. A Dominican Republic Navy patrol boat and fixed-wing aircraft also helped in the search.

Four of the people rescued, who are from the Dominican Republic, were spotted before 5 p.m., and the fifth was rescued about 45 minutes later. They were airlifted to the Dominican Republic because of medical concerns.

Source: Dominican Today

Category: DR News |

  1. Samson

    It is impossible to send a distress signal or any other marine signal as the taxis use marine frequencies for their chit-chat. What do they care about distress at sea? Why are they allowed to use marine frequencies???

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