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Flare leads to rescue of crew adrift for two days

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Six Jamaicans have been rescued off Haiti after firing a flare following two days adrift at sea.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) rescued the six people, 76 miles south west of Tortuga. They are Garnel Goldson, Rohan Smith, Raymond Foster, Jermaine Brown, Marvin Buchanon and Jermaine Lobiboun.

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Thetis saw a handheld flare and spotted a disabled vessel. The master said they were travelling from Jamaica to Tortuga. They had been adrift for two days and were running low on provisions.

The Thetis crew rescued the six and transferred them to Cuban authorities with no reported injuries. 

Chris Eddy, Coast Guard 7th District search and rescue coordinator, says, "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." 

The photo, by Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez, is courtesy of USCG.

Dec 20, 2018