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 Jayhawkhelicopter aircrew searched the immediate area to ensure no people were sighted in the water.
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.»