Coordinated effort leads to rescue near 12-Mile Bank

| 01/08/2022 | 20 Comments
Cayman News Service
CICG vessel, Protector

(CNS): Three people were rescued at sea on Sunday night after their boat overturned. According to the RCIPS, the Cayman Islands Coast Guard (CICG) and the police helicopter responded to a 911 call about the situation just after 8pm. While the exact location was unknown, the boat was thought to be on the south side of the 12-Mile Bank. Using the helicopter’s search and rescue equipment, the crew found the overturned vessel, which was almost completely submerged, just after 8:45pm, 45 minutes after the emergency call but minutes after launching, the police said.

The CICG vessel, Protector, which was already heading in the direction of the distressed boat, was directed to the location by the police chopper and arrived just after 9pm. The coastguard rescued all three people and transported them to the George Town Harbour, where they were met by emergency medical staff and evaluated before being released, police said.

The CICG and the RCIPS thanked all members of the public who joined them in the effort to find and rescue the group.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Just curious what cell plan the rescued had that they could call from an overturned boat at 12 mile bank with any reception bars? I want it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great work by our Coast Guard and Helicopter teams, I can only imagine how these three victims felt when they saw a helicopter and rescue vessel coming to them knowing that they would be getting another chance at life. Great work CICG!

  3. Anonymous says:

    The captain of that vessel should publicly thank these two assets. I know it’s their job, but imagine what it would be if we did not have them, what would become of those three crew.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Location unknown, found within minutes by helicopter crew using search and rescue equipment. Life saving equipment on an asset very few Caribbean islands have. Well done to all.

    • Anonymous says:

      Drone assets likely used, inefficient/ old tech helicopter 🚁 (really just a PR tool) , fine with marine vessels. Sorry helicopter is just flying sorties with noise pollution below minimum ceiling and wasting taxpayer funds so they can hit an output in the budget of xx hours flow and a kite now and then. Budget should be reworked to target metric including lawful sorties and audit flight log. As for me, I rather not pay for the noise and risk of a low flying aircraft which strikes kites during it’s flight and then prosecute kite flying members of the public while generally annoying and causing a public nuasance in certain communities. Not worried though, it will soon be replaced by EVTOL and AI, tech is so great!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Baywatch of the Cayman Islands! Great job. Theme song in my head know.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Who pays for that?

    • Anonymous says:

      Your bill is in the mail.

    • Anonymous says:

      Who cares. Human life was brought back to land safe. That’s what counts most.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your taxes. The same taxes that would pay the Fire Service if they had to respond to a fire at your residence.

      • Anonymous says:

        So what your saying is my house catches fire from a gas leak due to a rusty valve is the same as a boat captain going out at night without the properly maintained vessel or safety equipment on board?

        • Anonymous says:

          How is “rusty valve” any different from “improperly maintained vessel”? Your house was improperly maintained, and you didn’t have sufficient fire suppression to handle the incident.

      • Anonymous says:

        Everyone deserves a house to live in but not everyone can afford a boat to go fishing at 12 mile bank.

    • Anonymous says:

      Three lives saved . Does it matter who pays ?

    • Anonymous says:

      If you don’t have anything good to say don’t have anything to say at all.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That’s good it turned out no life was lost. Excellent work by all.


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