incident highlights the importance of having emergency equipment on board
(U.S. COAST GUARD) – The Coast Guard rescued two people on Wednesday from a life raft 37 miles southeast of Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos.
The two civilians rescued were Carroll McCain, 65, and Thomas Hayne, 51.
A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on the scene, hoisted the two mariners, and safely transferred them to Turks and Caicos authorities with no medical concerns.
Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received a personal location beacon alert after their sailing vessel struck a submerged object forcing them to abandon ship.
The watchstanders directed the launch of a helicopter crew and diverted a C-27 aircraft crew to locate the vessel in distress.
“This case really highlights the importance of having emergency equipment on board,” said Lt. Caleigh Cobb, 7th District command duty officer.
“The activation of the personal locator beacon was critical to Air Station Borinquen’s ability to quickly locate and recover all individuals from the life raft.”
The owner of the sailing vessel will coordinate commercial salvage operations to remove the vessel from the water.
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