US Coast Guard rescues Florida man close to Puerto Rico


A US Coast Guard helicopter crew efficiently saved a distressed boater from a life raft roughly 20 nautical miles south of Guanica, Puerto Rico.

Keith Mcpartlan, a 42-year-old US citizen hailing from Florida, discovered himself in a deadly state of affairs aboard the 48-foot pleasure craft Solamar whereas navigating off the coast of Puerto Rico. 

Involved that his vessel was vulnerable to capsizing, Mcpartlan made the harrowing determination to desert the ship and take refuge in a life raft.

Coast Guard mobilizes for rescue

The Coast Guard sprang into motion upon receiving an alert through US Search and Rescue Satellite tv for pc-Aided Monitoring on Saturday morning. 

Stories indicated that the pleasure craft Solamar was in misery roughly 20 nautical miles south of Guayama, Puerto Rico. 

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Watchstanders at Sector San Juan coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Jayhawk from Air Station Borinquen and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos to help within the search and rescue mission.

Multi-agency response efforts

Recognizing the urgency of the state of affairs, the Coast Guard initiated an Pressing Marine Data Broadcast and alerted native authorities, together with the Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Speedy Motion and Customs and Border Safety. Radio communications have been established with Mcpartlan, who communicated his struggles with navigation gear malfunctions and disorientation.

Because the search unfolded, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos made a vital discovery. They positioned the vessel Solamar early Sunday morning, adrift and unmanned, its navigation lights extinguished. 

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In the meantime, the Coast Guard aircrew pressed on with their aerial search, finally recognizing the life raft at roughly 9:30 am Sunday.

Rescue at sea

Decreasing a rescue swimmer, the Coast Guard confirmed the presence of a survivor aboard the life raft. 

The crew hoisted Mcpartlan aboard the plane, bringing him to security.

Following the profitable rescue, Mcpartlan was transported by the Coast Guard aircrew to the Fernando Luis Ribas-Dominicci Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.