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Coast Guard rescues 4 from sunken 80' yacht in Mona Passage (Puerto Rico)

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  1. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

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    The crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescued four men from a life raft Dec. 15, 2019 after they were forced to abandon the 80-foot sinking yacht, Clam Chowder, approximately 25 nautical miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Rescued are four U.S. citizens from Boston and Florida, in their 20’s and 30’s, who were transported to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, where they were transferred to Customs and Border Protection authorities and Emergency Medical Service personnel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo).


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    Here is another article on it:
    https://coastguardnews.com/coast-gu...e-raft-near-aguadilla-puerto-rico/2019/12/15/
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  2. Capt Ralph

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    Marlo?
  3. Capt J

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    I can't figure out what it is. It's US documented and can look up by name. A 2010 and hull number starts with XXE. Has a small bulbous bow you can see in the picture.
  4. olderboater

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    Interesting that the articles, including the CG one, refer to them being rescued from their life raft, but have photos showing a RIB/Tender, not a life raft. The RIB is registered in NY although the passengers were from Boston and Florida. Boat documented in USVI per article. Makes one think perhaps it was a charter.
  5. Capt Ralph

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    I can only find;
    MMSI: 378111861
    Callsign; ZJL8580
    Flag: British Virgin Is [VG]
    Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 22 x 6 m

    Only non-© picture I could find;
    CLAM_CHOWDER.jpg
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    What becomes of the " Life Raft " ?
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    Capt Ralph Senior Member

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    Salvage.
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    As calm as conditions were or appeared to have been, they could have easily taken their "life raft" to shore. I can only assume there's something we haven't been made aware of that required the air lift. Perhaps the "severing" of the guys finger, to whatever extent or perhaps them not knowing which way to go.
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    XXE is Marlow Marine Sales Inc
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    Thought it was a Marlow. Just never been under a bunch of them :D.
    In that lil picture, one of the give a ways (IMO) is the window angle down in the wheelhouse/galley, then level windows for the saloon. :eek:
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    25nm in a dink in the Mona Passage? Not the best idea ...
  12. Capt J

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    It says that it was a delivery. 2 couples in their 20's and 30's, highly doubtful it was a charter. As for the RIB, who knows if it even runs or had enough gas or whatever. It does look relatively calm. The distress call went out at 5:22am, so whatever happened, happened in the dark, not a great time to have to deal with a big problem.
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    Has anyone heard anything else about this sinking? I