Coast Guard rescues 12 from freighter off Cuba

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(MIAMI) — Two U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews rescued 12 people from their vessel taking on water in Cuban territorial seas Saturday.

Rescued were one Jamaican, two Nicaraguan, one U.S. and eight Haitian crewmembers.

On Saturday, watch standers 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.

Watch standers quickly ordered the launch of two helicopters: 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. The Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted nine of the crewmembers and the Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the remaining three. All 12 were transferred to Great Inagua, Bahamas.

No medical concerns were reported.

By Professional Mariner Staff