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Coast Guard, TCI Police rescue 159 people off Turks and Caicos

Coast Guard, TCI Police rescue 159 people off Turks and Caicos
A sail freighter ran aground with 159 people aboard approximately 13 miles east of West Caicos Island, Turks and Caicos, Jan. 15, 2021. A deployed Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew found the freighter and directed partner marine rescue units to its position.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

MIAMI — A deployed Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue aircrew assisted Turks and Caicos police and marine units in finding 159 people approximately 13 miles east of West Caicos Island, Turks and Caicos.​

While the aircrew remained on scene, TCI responders removed all the people from the sail freighter and brought them to safety. The sail freighter ran aground on a reef. Additionally, due to the migrant vessel being significantly overloaded, the MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew searched the immediate area to ensure no people were sighted in the water.

Coast Guard, TCI Police rescue 159 people off Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos police and marine units arrive to rescue 159 people aground on a reef near West Caicos Island, Turks and Caicos, Jan. 15, 2021. A deployed Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter found the boat and directed the marine units to the position. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

No injuries were reported.​

«This case highlights the importance of the Coast Guard’s strong partnership with TCI,» said Lt. Cmdr. Jacob McMillan, Coast Guard​ liaison officer, Bahamas. «The aircrew, Coast Guard watchstanders, and TCI responders displayed superb teamwork and did a remarkable job saving 159 lives at sea.»

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Coast Guard, TCI Police rescue 159 people off Turks and Caicos
Archive image: Clearwater, Fla. — Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Savage, an aviation maintenance technician stationed at Air Station Clearwater, keeps a sharp look-out aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during a training mission in Clearwater, Fla., Nov. 2, 2011. The duties of an AMT include in-flight aviation administrative duties, aircraft servicing and conducting routine ground inspections.
U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse.

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