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JDF Coast Guard rescue three along south coast

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 4:01 PM

The JDF Coast Guard says while it has called off its search for the downed plane, it was immediately pressed into action again into three rescue missions along the south coast.

It says yesterday afternoon it was notified that a fishing vessel 'RAISIN RAVYN' was disabled 45 nautical miles south east of Morant Point with four persons onboard.

The JDF Coast Guard says an Offshore Patrol Vessel and a JDF Air Wing helicopter were deployed to the area to assist, and a team is now carrying out repairs to the vessel.

And at 4:55 this morning, it was reported to the JDF Coast Guard that a fishing vessel had run aground at the Wreck Reef in the South Channel of the Kingston Harbour.

One Inshore Patrol Vessel and a JDF Helicopter were also deployed to assist.

The Coast guard says no vessel was found at the reported location but it was later ascertained from the reporting source that another fishing vessel had assisted the distressed craft.

And just twenty minutes later, the JDF Coast Guard received another report that the fishing vessel 'LADY VENTURE' was disabled in the vicinity of Great Pedro Bluff, St Elizabeth with three persons on board.

An Inshore Patrol Vessel from Black River was immediately deployed to the area to render the necessary assistance to this vessel and that search is ongoing.

The JDF Coast Guard is reminding fishers that a small craft warning is still in effect for the offshore areas of the south coast due to rough seas and strong winds.

It says fishers must heed these warnings and take the necessary precautions during these periods of adverse weather.

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