(MENAFN-Caribbean News Global)
ST CROIX, US Virgin Islands – A Coast Guard boat crew rescued nine people from a disabled vessel on Sunday evening, about 100 yards east of Judith’s Fancy in St Croix. They rescued, four men and five women, believed to be residents of St Croix, US Virgin Islands.
Sector San Juan Coast Guard watchmen received a VHF Channel-16 communication from the pleasure boat Katana at 6:04 p.m. Sunday, reporting that the vessel had run out of fuel and was drifting towards the reef line with nine people on board .
Watchmen led the launch of a 33-Special Purpose Craft from Boat Forces Detachment Saint Croix, which arrived on the scene and whose crew safely removed all passengers from the adrift vessel.
“Fortunately the vessel was able to anchor which enabled us to safely transfer all passengers to our vessel,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Belcher, helmsman of Naval Forces St Croix Detachment for the case. . “Due to sea conditions, we had to push the limits of both vessels while managing the safety of all personnel involved. Our crew adapted to the rapidly changing weather conditions and played a high standard to ensure that all passengers were safely evacuated and taken ashore.
The ship’s operator had planned to return and refuel the ship in the morning, but the anchor did not hold and the ship ran aground on the rocks. Coast Guard response personnel are in communication with the owner of the vessel Katana, who is currently working on a plan to remove the vessel.
“This case shows the importance of preparation every time you go out on the water and that lifesaving equipment such as life jackets, floatation boards and radios can be a deciding factor in survivability” said Kenny Tucker, supervisor of Naval Forces St Croix Detachment. should keep an eye on the marine weather forecast whenever it comes out as conditions change rapidly; notices to small craft are enforced for the safety of the mariner and must be obeyed.
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