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Press Release | Dec. 13, 2023

Coast Guard rescues 6 people from sunken vessel off Dominican Republic

MIAMI — A Coast Guard Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued six people, Wednesday, after their vessel sank about 30 miles north of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Dominican Republic Navy, after six people on a raft were rescued by a Carnival Cruise Line vessel. The cruise line reported six additional crew members from the vessel Two Brothers were still missing. 

The Jayhawk aircrew arrived on scene and began conducting search patterns near the sunken vessel’s onboard emergency position indicating radio beacon last reported location and located all six mariners hanging on to debris of the sunken vessel.

The aircrew hoisted all six of the survivors onto the helicopter and transferred them to emergency medical services in Puerto Plata. 

“The weather conditions were less than ideal,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeb Slick, the mission’s copilot. “Our crew’s outstanding work ethic and dedication to training led to the successful rescue of these survivors.”

All 12 survivors were reported in good health. 


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