Police rescue two men from capsized boat

| 28/09/2015 | 7 Comments
Cayman News Service

RCIPS Joint Marine Unit’s Niven D and the capsized boat

(CNS): The RCIPS Joint Marine Unit rescued two men from the ocean early Saturday morning after receiving a distress call from the crew that the boat, which was some five miles offshore from North West Point, was taking on water. Police said that just before the call was lost, the caller was able to state that the boat had encountered engine difficulties and had started taking on water.  The Niven D from the JMU fleet was sent out to the location and around 5:00am flares from a boat were spotted by the marine police.

By the time the officers reached the boat some 15 minutes later the 38ft panga had capsized and the two men from Bodden Town were sitting on the hull.

The two men aboard the boat, aged 26 and 32, did not require medical attention, police said, and they were both brought to shore by the JMU.  Later on the police helicopter assisted in a search of the area with the JMU, where a 55-gallon drum of fuel appeared to have spilled into the ocean when the boat capsized.  Harbor Patrol towed the boat to shore later that morning.

There was no indication from the police if the men were on a fishing trip or if they were suspected of smuggling activities.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    These guys were obviously equipped for a long distance mission. Does Cayman Islands Immigration have a record of their departure? Shouldn’t HM Customs and RCIPS question them in regards to the groupers found immediately afterwards in East End?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile…$12mln in cocaine found in east end.

  3. Anonymous says:

    55 gallon drum of fuel, hum

    • Gone Fishnin says:

      In fairness we should not smear these men with insinuations. Panga boats have small tanks which would explain the 55 gallon drum of fuel. Furthermore, fishing trips to offshore fishing grounds like Pickle Bank start very early in the morning.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If they had a 55 drum of fuel on board it was probably so they could give some to any poor soul who may have run out of fuel. I would say they are a couple of good Samaritans who ran into problems while trying to help others.

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