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Overdue Bahamas boaters fire flares in rescue

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Two overdue boaters in the Bahamas have been rescued after firing flares.

Sasha McPhee, 37, and Jerome Burrows, 37, both from the Bahamas, were rescued by the United States Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force.

They were spotted in their 29-foot yacht by a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft approximately 22 miles north of Freeport, Bahamas, firing flares and waving their hands.

Members of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force arrived on scene, picked up the two boaters and transferred them to shore with no reported injuries.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report from Jerome Burrows’ brother-in-law.

The yacht had reportedly left Stuart, Florida, USA, in the morning and were scheduled to arrive in West End, Bahamas later that day, but was late returning.

Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Cochito and a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane also joined the search.

Sep 13, 2018