RCI St. Lucia
posted on September 01, 2015 18:42
The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York announced today the successful rescue of three Saint Lucian nationals, Lindel Ericson Allen, 30, of Goodlands; Antoine Jn Marie, 53, of Desrisseaux, Micoud; and Cirven Griffen, 28, of La Toc Road, Castries, who had been missing at sea for nearly seven days.
On August 26, 2015, at 3:30 A.M., Master, of the vessel Curacao Pearl, noticed a fishing boat, Jah Walks on the Water (registration number 761350), drifting southwest of Puerto Rico, with three distressed mariners aboard calling for help. At approximately 3:45 A.M., the three nationals, one of whom has a prosthetic leg, were picked up on deck with no documents or personal belongings. A brief investigation by the Master and his crew revealed that the boat carrying the men had been reported missing by Customs officials in Fort-de-France, Martinique, its final destination.
Following the successful rescue, Curacao Pearl, which had been sailing from Trinidad, continued on its journey to Port Charleston, South Carolina. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Consulate General of Saint Lucia were immediately notified. Meanwhile, the vessel’s agent, Biehl & Co., assisted the Consulate General of Saint Lucia with coordination efforts for the repatriation of the three mariners to Saint Lucia.
Saint Lucia’s Consul General in New York, Hon. Julian Du Bois, traveled to South Carolina to greet the sailors. They, along with Du Bois, then traveled to New York, where, on Tuesday September 1, they boarded JetBlue flight 881 to their home country.