RBDF : Missing fishermen rescued
By Defence Force Public Relations Dept.
Aug 16, 2017 - 12:17:43 PM
Coral Harbour Base - Thanks to joint efforts with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and local fishermen, 2 fishermen are grateful to be alive today after being missing for several hours when their 17 foot white boston whaler developed engine difficulties.
The men left to go fishing yesterday, but didn’t return home overnight as planned. The authorities were informed this morning and the Defence Force mounted a search to locate them. The search involved other partners from Operation Bahamas and Turks & Caicos (OPBAT), Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA), and the Police Force covering an extensive of area.
The collaborative efforts of the group along with fishermen from the local community resulted in the Defence Force’s Fast Patrol Vessel, EF 126 coxswained by Petty Officer Brian Anderson discovering the fishermen alive and in apparent good health. They were given water and transporrrd to another fishing vessel where they were escorted safely to Lowe’s Sound.
The Defence Force urges fishermen and boaters to have a plan in place informing their family members and loved ones of the name, type, length, and colour of their vessels. They should also inform them of who all will be travelling witb them, where they are going, which route they will be taking and when they are expected to return, in addition to taking lifesaving equipment and additional food and water supplies.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to monitoring our waters and keeping them safe.
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