USCG and British AW159 Rescue Three off Vieques
An US Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules and a Royal Navy AW159 helicopter coordinated the rescue of an adult female and two children from the capsized vessel Ferrel near Vieques, Puerto Rico
US Coast Guard, September 21, 2017 - MIAMI, Video by PO2 Ashley Johnson - A British Royal Navy helicopter crew rescued three mariners Thursday from the vessel Ferrel which was located near Vieques, Puerto Rico.
An adult male mariner was reported deceased in the capsized vessel which is inaccessible to search and rescue crews.
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules search plane located the vessel overturned with three mariners on top at approximately 11:30 a.m. A Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay rescue helicopter was vectored to the vessel and hoisted one adult female and two children.
Coast Guard, Navy and British Royal Navy participated in this operation with the following crews:
- A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules search plane
- A Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter
- The USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
- A Navy MH-60 helicopter
- The Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Mounts Bay (L3008) with a search and rescue helicopter and an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team 101
- A Customs and Border Protection P-3 search plane
Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders received an alert via emergency position indicating radio beacon and then a distress call Wednesday from the Ferrel stating they were disabled and adrift in 20-foot seas and 100-knot winds.
An urgent marine information broadcast was issued immediately after the distress call.
Aircraft mentioned in this article :
AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat HMA2 ZZ530 ( Fleet Air Arm )
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off Vieques Island