VIDEO: U.S. Coast Guard Rescues 12 Crew Members From Sinking Ship In Cuban Waters

By  //  December 29, 2015

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No medical concerns were reported

ABOVE VIDEO: Two U.S. Coast Guard helicopters rescued 12 crew members from their coastal vessel taking on water in Cuban territorial seas Saturday.

Two U.S. Coast Guard helicopters rescued 12 crew members from their coastal vessel taking on water in Cuban territorial seas Saturday.

According to the Coast Guard, rescued were one Jamaican, two Nicaraguan, one America and eight Haitians.

On Saturday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center received notification that the Haitian Flagged, 120-foot coastal freighter Granam ST Anne was taking on water in Cuban territorial seas.

Watchstanders quickly ordered the launch of two helicopters including a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater helicopter forward deployed in the Bahamas as part of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos and a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter.

Upon arriving on scene, the crew of the coastal freighter had already abandoned ship into a life raft.

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The Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted nine of the crew members and the Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the remaining three.

All 12 were transferred to Great Inagua, Bahamas and no injuries were reported.


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