Riviera Beach, Florida -- A Coast Guard helicopter crew safely hoisted two
Bahamian citizens from their capsized vessel east of Riviera Beach, Fla.,
Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a
report of a capsized vessel with two people sitting on the hull in the vicinity
of Riviera Beach Saturday afternoon. Watchstanders quickly diverted the Coast
Guard Cutter Comorant and authorized the launch of an MH-65 rescue helicopter
from Air Station Miami. The helicopter crew arrived on scene, assesed the
situation and lowered a rescue swimmer to render assistance. The two people
stated they had been drifting for eight days and had ingested salt water.
The rescue swimmer determined the people needed to
be medically evacuated immediately and safely coordinated a hoist with the
The two people were transferred to Del Ray Medical
Center for further treatment.
The Coast Guard urges all boaters, especially those
transiting offshore or to remote areas, to carry an Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon or a Personal Locator Beacon. EPIRBS and
PLB's save valuable time during maritime emergencies by transmitting electronic
distress signals and GPS coordinates. When EPIRBs are properly registered, they
also provide first responders with owners' contact information and vessel
descriptions, which is vital information during search and rescue cases.