In June, a Liberian-flag bulk carrier and the US Coast Guard were involved in the rescue of two women and a man who had been adrift in their small boat in the Caribbean Sea for 21 days.
The USCG said that at 1919 on June 8, its station at San Juan, Puerto Rico, received a call from the Skiathos, 79,412dwt, that she had located a 20ft motorboat, the Papa Fish, with thee people on board who were waving their arms for assistance. The ship was some 75 miles south of Puerto Rico.
The crew of a patrolling US Customs & Border Protection Caribbean patrol aircraft located the Papa Fish and confirmed there were three people on board signalling for assistance. The USCG despatched a HC-144 Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft from its air station at Miami and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from its Borinquen air station and diverted the fast response cutter Donald Horsley to the scene. Once with the boat, the helicopter vectored in the cutter. The Donald Horsley embarked the three people who appeared to be dehydrated and hungry but otherwise in good health.
The cutter, based at San Juan, took them to Ponce, Puerto Rico, where they were received and assisted by Customs & Border Protection officers.