Two Bahamian boaters drift for eight days, rescued by Miami Coast Guard

 
 
Two Bahamian citizens cling to the hull of their capsized vessel as a Coast Guard MH-65 rescue helicopter crew makes their approach to hoist them east of Riviera Beach on Saturday.
Two Bahamian citizens cling to the hull of their capsized vessel as a Coast Guard MH-65 rescue helicopter crew makes their approach to hoist them east of Riviera Beach on Saturday.
Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

Two Bahamian citizens who said they drifted at sea for eight days were rescued by a Miami-based Coast Guard helicopter on Saturday which hoisted them from their capsized boat off Palm Beach.

The rescue began when Miami Sector received a call of a capsized vessel with two people sitting on the hull in waters off Riviera Beach.

A Coast Guard cutter and helicopter from Air Station Miami rushed to the scene. The two men told rescuers they had been drifting for eight days and had swallowed a salt water.

The decision was made to hoist the two boaters from the ocean. The two were taken to Del Ray Medical Center. Their condition is unknown.

The Coast Guard urges all boaters, especially those traveling to remote areas, to carry an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or a Personal Locator Beacon.

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