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US Coast Guard rescue Jamaicans on disabled boat near Haiti

Published:Sunday | November 25, 2018 | 11:09 AM

MIAMI, CMC – Six Jamaicans were rescued by the United States Coast Guard after they were found adrift Friday about 76 miles south west of Tortuga, Haiti.

The US Coast Guard yesterday identified the Jamaicans as: Garnel Goldson, 30; Rohan Smith, 50; Raymond Foster, 30; Jermaine Brown, 32; Marvin Buchanon, 39; and Jermaine Lobiboun.

According to the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis, crew members observed a handheld flare and diverted to the origin location of a disabled vessel that was on a voyage from Jamaica to Tortuga.

It said the master of the vessel reported to be adrift for two days, and the crew was running low on provisions.

“The cutter Thetis crew safely embarked the six survivors and transferred them to Cuban authorities, with no reported injuries,” it said.

Chris Eddy, Coast Guard 7th District search and rescue coordinator, said: “The sea can be unforgiving and, when a boat or vessel experiences a casualty at sea, having the right equipment can save lives as this case shows.

“This flare signalled to the crew of the Thetis who was within range to see it, ready to respond, and was able to save these six people,” he said.

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