SAN JUAN – Five men were rescued by the US Coast Guard after their vessel sank in the Mona Passage between the islands of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, officials said Monday.
Puerto Rican police assisted the Coast Guard with the rescue operation last Saturday following the sinking of the 11.5-meter (38-foot) recreational boat 18 nautical miles from Red Cape in an area where strong currents make navigation dangerous.
Three boaters were picked up by a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Borinquen and two others were assisted by the crew of the motor vessel Cape Horn, a civilian vessel that arrived on scene to help in the operation.
Emergency Medical Service staff checked the five people’s condition and found them in good health, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
Migrants from Hispaniola frequently take the risk of sailing across the Mona Passage in an attempt to reach the western coast of Puerto Rico.