BASRA Grand Bahama Report, January 2012
By Capt. d’Von Archer
Jan 31, 2012 - 11:16:07 AM
Nine people rescued at sea
January 30, 2012 at approximately 5:18am BASRA GB Base received a call
from Police control that a 26 foot center console with (6) six persons on board
was stranded off of West End. The call came in from a concerned citizen
in Nassau whom received an original call from the boat and that the
cell phone on board had gone dead.
After notifying RBDF & OPBAT,
BASRA GB then called West End Police Station in request to put a call
out on VHF 16 for any vessel that may be in distress. At 6:18am BASRA
GB received a call from OPBAT that they received a report of a boat
drifting off of West Palm Beach with (12) twelve persons on board and the same
description type vessel.
USCG immediately launched (2) two of their
vessels and a Hilo to the vessels last known position. OPBAT later reported
that there was no boat found off of West Palm Beach and that the Hilo will continue
to search from West Palm Beach to West End. A boat was then located at N26.33.2
- W 079.09.56 with 6 adults and 3 children ages 3, 10, and 12.
USCG Hilo dropped a VHF radio down to personnel on the vessel and found
that all persons on board were in good health; but had no food or water
for a day and a half almost two days. Both RBDF and RBPF Marine
Patrol Division immediately started to put a rescue plan together.
after, a Rescue vessel left from West End along with RBDF which left
from Freeport en route to the stranded vessel. Rescue Vessels were reported
on scene at 2pm. The persons were transported back to Freeport on board
a US Coast Guard cutter at 7:00pm where they were turned over to the proper authorities.
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