The U.S. Coast Guard reported rescuing seven people – two crewmen aboard a cargo ship Friday morning medically evacuated from 10 nautical miles south of Saint Croix, and five boaters rescued Thursday night off of Condado, Puerto Rico.
At 1:27 a.m. Friday, Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a VHF Channel 16 radio transmission from a crewman aboard the Panamanian flagged cargo vessel Noblesse, saying five of 24 crew members had food poisoning symptoms after eating mackerel.
VHF Channel 16 marine radio transmissions have traditionally been international maritime distress frequency, monitored by search and rescue authorities.
The Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo rendezvoused with Noblesse Friday morning. The crew of Key Largo picked up the severely ill vessel’s master and chief engineer, while the other affected crewmen remained aboard after their symptoms subsided.The crew of Key Largo transferred the patients to awaiting emergency medical service personnel in Frederiksted to receive further medical care at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital.
Thursday night, the Coast Guard received word via a 911 emergency operator of a disabled jet boat carrying five passengers off the Marriott Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico. The crew of a Coast Guard Boat Station San Juan 33-foot Special Purpose Craft embarked to assist the boaters in distress, finding two men, two women and a 13-year-old girl. The Coast Guard crew took the vessel in tow to the Cataño Boat ramp in San Juan Harbor.
“The response by both Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo and Station San Juan was timely and effective and resulted in the desired outcome; safety of all persons involved” said Cmdr. Jim Sutton, Coast Guard Sector San Juan chief of response operations, in a statement.