Coast Guard and British Royal Navy rescues survivors from overturned hull of vessel wrecked by Hurricane Maria near Puerto Rico

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Coast Guard and British Royal Navy rescues survivors from overturned hull of vessel wrecked by Hurricane Maria near Puerto Rico

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, and a British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay rescue helicopter crew coordinate the rescue of an adult female and two children from the vessel Ferrel near Vieques, Puerto Rico, Sept. 21, 2017. Coast Guard watchstanders received an alert via emergency position indicating radio beacon and then a distress call on Sept. 20 from the Ferrel stating they were disabled and adrift in 20-foot seas and 100-knot winds. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

MIAMI — A British Royal Navy helicopter crew rescued three mariners Thursday from the vessel Ferrel which was located near Vieques, Puerto Rico.

An adult male mariner was reported deceased in the capsized vessel which is inaccessible to search and rescue crews.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules search plane located the vessel overturned with three mariners on top at approximately 11:30 a.m.  A Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay rescue helicopter was vectored to the vessel and hoisted one adult female and two children. 

Coast Guard, Navy and British Royal Navy participated in this operation with the following crews:

Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders received an alert via emergency position indicating radio beacon and then a distress call Wednesday from the Ferrel stating they were disabled and adrift in 20-foot seas and 100-knot winds.

An urgent marine information broadcast was issued immediately after the distress call.

The picture shows a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter about to land on the back of RFA Mounts Bay. Photograph by LA(Phot) Joel Rouse HMS Bulwark

St. Croix rescue by U.S. Navy Sept. 21, 2017, Navy Crewman 2nd Class Logan Parkinson

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands (Sept. 21, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Logan Parkinson, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), prepares a patient’s family for evacuation during relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The Department of Defense is supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Levingston Lewis/Released)

U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1)

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands (Sept. 21, 2017) U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) provide aid to evacuees as part of first response efforts to the U.S. Virgin Islands in wake of Hurricane Maria. The Department of Defense is supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Levingston Lewis/Released)

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