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Press Release | Jan. 24, 2024

Coast Guard rescues 33 people from sinking vessel off Haiti

MIAMI — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable rescued 33 people, Monday, after their vessel began taking on water approximately 6 miles north of Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders received notification from the Dependable’s crew after they encountered a sailing vessel taking on water.

All 33 people were brought aboard the Dependable and transferred to Haitian authorities in good health, Tuesday.

“Dependable’s crew did a great job of rapidly responding to the dangerous situation,” said Lt. j.g. Chelsea Chamberlain, a Coast Guard District Seven enforcement officer. “The people were actively bailing out water in heavy seas and if our crew hadn’t arrived when they did, the vessel would have likely succumbed to the sea.”


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