Coast Guard rescues sailboater off Guam after vessel dismasted


SANTA RITA, Guam—A 53-year-old boater is safe in Guam after the Coast Guard rescued him from his dismasted 14-foot catamaran in outer Apra Harbor last, Sunday. A 29-foot Coast Guard boat towed the vessel to the Marinas Yacht Club. There were no reports of injury.

Command duty officer Jason Roman, a JRSC Guam watchstander, said, “The boater did the right thing and contacted us on VHF Channel 16, and we were able to act swiftly.”

At 6:02pm, Guam watchstanders received a call over VHF Channel 16 from the boater explaining his vessel was dismasted and adrift about a mile offshore. Watchstanders then launched the RB-S crew. Once on the scene, the RB-S crew towed the boater and his boat safely back to shore.

“Our crews train regularly in towing evolutions to ensure they are prepared for just this type of situation,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Sheeler, a coxswain from Station Apra Harbor. “It was because of our readiness, we were able to launch quickly and bring the vessel back safely.” 

Reported weather on scene was winds of 16 mph and seas up to 2 feet. (USCG)

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