web analytics

Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue 187 people 17 miles southwest of Turks and Caicos Islands

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater.
Archive image: a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

MIAMI — The Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and Turks and Caicos Islands Police (TCIP) rescued 187 people approximately 17 miles southwest of Turks and Caicos Islands, Saturday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) crew and a Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship crew arrived on scene and embarked the 187 people between the two ships. The Seneca crew took 86 people and the Bahamian ship took 101 people. The Seneca crew transferred the survivors to the TCI Police Marine Unit with no reported injuries.

USCG Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) is the sixth of thirteen 270' Famous Class medium endurance cutters in the United States Coast Guard fleet.
Archive image: the USCG Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) is the sixth of thirteen 270′ Famous Class medium endurance cutters in the United States Coast Guard fleet.
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 7th.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to the Great Inagua, Bahamas, spotted a 30-foot vessel carrying 187 people.​ Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders and the​ Coast Guard liaison officer for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands​ coordinated a response with the RBDF, TCIP and the Seneca crew.​

The Turks and Caicos Police Force transfers search and rescue survivors ashore, Dec. 21, 2019 after working with the Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defence Force to rescue them. The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) crew and a Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship crew arrived on scene and embarked the 187 people between the two ships after a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to the Great Inagua, Bahamas, spotted a 30-foot vessel carrying 187 people.
The Turks and Caicos Police Force transfers search and rescue survivors ashore, Dec. 21, 2019 after working with the Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defence Force to rescue them. The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) crew and a Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship crew arrived on scene and embarked the 187 people between the two ships after a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to the Great Inagua, Bahamas, spotted a 30-foot vessel carrying 187 people.
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 7th.

The Coast Guard Seneca crew destroyed the 30-foot vessel as it posed a hazard to navigation.

«Safety at sea is our number one priority and we are always grateful​ to work with our international partner agencies to save lives,» said Lt. Cmdr. Justin Matejka, Coast Guard liaison officer for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. «This case involved 187 people on a 30-foot boat with no safety or communication equipment. That’s over a hundred lives traveling in an unpredictable, unforgiving environment with no safety net. Without our intervention many people could’ve been injured or worse.»

The Turks and Caicos Police Force transfers search and rescue survivors ashore
The Turks and Caicos Police Force transfers search and rescue survivors ashore, Dec. 21, 2019.
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 7th.

For more breaking news follow us on​ Twitter​ and Facebook.

-USCG-

Deja una respuesta

Tu dirección de correo electrónico no será publicada.

error: Content is protected !!