The Coast Guard in San Juan reported this Sunday that on Saturday it canceled the search for four days for 11 Dominicans who went astray at sea, when the boat in which they were traveling illegally to Puerto Rico, capsized near the Mona Channel, at west of the island.
As the agency explained in a press release, The decision to cancel the search was because their officers found no sign of life of any of the people at sea or the remains of the ship they were traveling on.
However, a man, also of Dominican nationality, managed to be rescued by the Coast Guard last Wednesday.
According to what the man told the US agency, He was traveling with 12 other people in the direction of the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, when the ship somehow crashed and began to capsize.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and friends of all the people who were involved in this trip,” said the commander-in-chief of the San Juan Coast Guard, Beau Powers, in the statement.
“And for those in the Dominican Republic who plan to take this type of trip or know of someone who is determined to do so, we ask that you do not do it by sea. The lives of people who trust smugglers, who only think about making money, are in grave danger“He emphasized.
Powers, in turn, indicated that for the majority of these trips, overloaded vessels are used, have been abused in their use and do not have or have very little safety equipment.
It was a call to the command center of the US Coast Guard in San Juan on the night of last Wednesday from the ship Coral Energy, asking for assistance and search for rescue in the Mona Channel, after some crew of the ship heard voices from from sea.
Given this, the Coast Guard sent a boat of his to the area, and upon arriving and meeting the ship, they managed to rescue the man who was located by the ship’s crew.
The survivor told authorities that he managed to stay afloat and alive by holding on to two containers of gasoline, which caused burns to his body.
Since last Wednesday when the search for immigrants began, the rescue teams of the US Coast Guard conducted 17 air searches and eight by sea, in which they traveled 7,117 nautical miles, approximately twice the territorial extension of Puerto Rico.