It took the Joint Marine Unit, the Air Operations Unit and the US Coast Guard to identify a missing vessel that lost contact with land near Cuba, on a journey from Tampa Florida to Grand Cayman.
Just before 8:00AM on 20 August, police received a report that a vessel with four persons on board had lost contact with land.
An emergency positioning beacon on the vessel was activated by those on board and was picked up by the US Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Miami. With the assistance of the coordinates provided, the Air Operations Unit helicopter crew were able to locate the vessel approximately 70 miles outside of the Cayman Islands.
It was established that the vessel did not have sufficient fuel to return to the Cayman Islands and a private vessel was organized, carrying the fuel needed to make the journey home. The AOU helicopter crew launched again in the afternoon and helped co-ordinate the locations of the two vessels, meeting them approximately 40 miles off the coast for the fuel transfer.
The vessel arrived to Grand Cayman safely.
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