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US coast guard and Dominican Republic navy join forces to rescue six adrift off Haiti
Published on April 15, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

MIAMI, USA -- US Coast Guard crewmembers from Coast Guard Air Station Miami located six people who were adrift 37 nautical miles northeast of Isle De Tortue, Haiti, on Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard District Seven command center received a report from a Dominican Republic coast guard liaison officer of six people adrift aboard a yola in the vicinity of Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

District Seven launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater and a HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Air Station Miami to assist the Dominican Republic navy with the search.

The Ocean Sentry located the yola and requested the nearby registered AMVER (Automate Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) vessel, Desert Hope, to render assistance. The motor vessel recovered all survivors and later transferred them to the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance.

Crews from the cutter Reliance then safely transferred all six people to the Dominican authorities aboard the Dominican Republic navy vessel, Capotillo.

"The positive end to this search-and-rescue case has been the direct result of coordinated efforts between the personnel of the 7th Coast Guard District and the Dominican Republic navy and the willingness on the motor vessel Desert Hope to assist other mariners in distress," said Capt. Ed Pino, 7th Coast Guard District chief of response. "Those saved were not well prepared with proper survival and distress equipment. This case is a reminder to all boaters to be well prepared when going out on sea voyages; it could save their lives."

AMVER is a worldwide voluntary reporting system sponsored by the United States Coast Guard. It is a computer-based global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.
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