St. Lucia Nationals Rescued By Coast Guard SVG

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The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard Service (SVGGCS) recently rescued two nationals from Saint Lucia, 7.5 nautical miles northeast of Georgetown, Saint Vincent.

According to reports from September 11, the SVGCGS received a distress call via police control after 3 p.m. indicating that the fishing vessel “Forward” with two nationals of Saint Lucia on board encountered an engine problem and was drifting. about five nautical miles off Georgetown.

According to the occupants of the fishing boat, they left Saint Lucia at 5:30 a.m. for a fishing expedition and subsequently encountered an engine problem at 2:20 p.m.

Emergency number 999 was dialed and they received a response from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Control, which resulted in the deployment of the SVGCGS.

The ship and men were taken to the safety of Coast Guard base, Calliaqua.

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard Service advises boat operators to adhere to the following boating safety recommendations:

  • Check the local weather forecast before setting out to sea

  • Wear a personal flotation device. Bring a life jacket for everyone on board

  • Bring enough water, at least a gallon per person and enough food for a few days (dry food)

  • Carry a compass, signaling device (rocket, mirror), waterproof flashlight and spare batteries, and a radar reflector which will aid detection by other vessels equipped with radar

  • Take a DSC VHF marine radio. Cell phones are useful, but the Coast Guard does not recommend their use as a primary communication device. Cell phones may not receive signals at sea. We recommend that you invest in a VHF radio, preferably a digital selective calling (DSC) VHF radio which provides a stronger signal and is monitored by the guard. coasts (channels 16 and 70) and other boat operators.

  • File a waterline before you go out to sea and share it with someone. Let someone know where you are going, how long you plan to stay, and when you should be back. Leave a written plan of the details of your planned trip, description of your boat, call sign, mobile number, crew / passenger information, location and expected time of return. Upon departure and return, it is wise to let the marina, coast guard, family or friends know that you have left or returned unharmed.

  • Take an alternative means of propulsion (sails / oars).

  • Practice the 1/3 rule. Don’t forget 1/3 of your fuel to get to your destination, 1/3 to get you back and 1/3 of reserve for unforeseen fuel consumption.

  • Take an alternative means of propulsion (sails / oars).

  • Help other boaters in distress.


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