Reliability, Performance, Compliance


Flare aids pleasure craft rescue

USCG flare

Four seafarers in a sinking vessel near Miami, Florida, have been rescued by United States Coast Guards after firing a flare.

The 21-foot pleasure craft was one mile east of Cutler Bay, Miami, when it started taking on water one day in January 2019.

The crew of Coast Guard Station Miami Beach’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium spotted a red flare near Black Point while they were on patrol.

Petty Officer 1st Class Sarah Benton, Sector Miami command duty officer, says four seafarers were rescued. “These mariners had emergency signaling devices, like flares, which in this case helped our rescue crews locate the disabled vessel in a timely manner.

“For anyone planning on getting underway we always recommend that all mariners have emergency equipment aboard, like flares, life jackets, VHF-FM radio and an emergency position indicating radio beacon.

“This case highlights how being prepared with emergency equipment saved these mariners from a potential bad situation.”

The rescue crew safely brought the mariners and towed the vessel to Black Point Marina with no reported injuries.

The U.S. Coast Guard image shows a rescue craft.

Feb 05, 2019