Locals rescued at sea off Saint Vincent

Three locals  have been rescued at sea, after setting sail in a pirogue, it has been reported

The head of the Marine Police Unit, Superintendent John Preville, disclosed that on Thursday, December 1, 2016,  at about 8:15 pm, the Marine Police here received a report from the Saint Vincent Coast Guard that three locals on a boat  named ‘Wave Dancer’ from Saint Lucia called to indicate engine problems.

Preville said it was later reported that there were actually four persons.

He said that according to the information received, the vessel was powered by 150 hp Yamaha engine.

Preville disclosed that  the Saint Vincent Coast Guard went out to search for the vessel but did not locate it and tried calling the telephone numbers that had been provided but could not get through to the men.

He said that at about 8:25 am on Saturday, December 3, 2016, the Saint Vincent Coast Guard informed the Marine Unit here that ‘Wave Dancer’ had been located by a sailing yacht at  3:50 pm on Friday, December 2 at about nineteen nautical miles West of Saint Vincent or about twenty-seven nautical miles South-West of Saint Lucia.

“The vessel was partly submerged with three persons near it,” Preville stated.

He said the three locals were rescued by the crew of the sailing yacht and transferred to a Saint Vincent Coast Guard vessel and taken to a hospital in Saint Vincent for treatment.

The three were identified as Hieron Estaphane, Livorn Toussaint and Donovan Hunte – all of Vieux Fort, the Head of the Marine Unit here revealed.

Preville said the fourth person, identified as “Cap”, was reported missing.

He explained that the partially submerged ‘Wave Dancer’ was left adrift and is considered lost.

Preville noted that to date the Marine Police Unit here has not received any report of missing persons or a missing vessel.

He revealed that information has been received from Saint Vincent that the three men who were aboard ‘Wave Dancer” were discharged from hospital and are currently at Central Police station in Saint Vincent.

Preville said authorities in Saint Vincent have asked that the relatives of the men here be located to arrange for the locals to travel back to Saint Lucia.

He said according to information ‘Wave Dancer’ cleared Customs at Vieux Fort here on December 1 with two persons on board.

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