Coast Guard Rescues 3 Trapped on Drifting Boat

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it has
rescued three men from a drifting pleasure boat that had lost power
in choppy waters southwest of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Coast Guard said Sunday it received a Mayday call from a relative of one of the men aboard the 14-foot (4-meter) boat stranded with engine trouble on Saturday night. Crews on a helicopter and cutter responded to the scene about a mile (kilometer) from Fortuna Bay in St. Thomas.

Guard Lt. Rachel Cruzcosa said a spotlight from the drifting boat speeded up rescuers' response time and "prevented the distressed vessel from drifting into dangerous rock cliffs."

The boat was towed back to the U.S. Virgin Islands. There were no injuries.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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