USCG Response to Distressed Vessel

By MarEx 2015-10-02 09:12:13

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 12 crewmembers who abandoned the sinking M/V Minouche, which was caught in inclement weather from Hurricane Joaquin. According to reports, the vessel began taking on water about 51 nautical miles north of Haiti.

Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received a message from the British Coast Guard stating that the Bolivian-flagged vessel was listing and its crewmembers were preparing to abandon ship and board a life raft.

A good Samaritan vessel and member of the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) was also diverted to the Minouche’s last known location. The AMVER located the crew members and hoisted them into USCG MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The mariners have been transported to Great Inagua, Bahamas and suffered no major injuries.

The M/V Minouche is a 1,525-dwt general cargo ship built in 1980.