A lone sailor who was sailing solo in the Caribbean sea faced a terrifying ordeal when his boat broke down and left him stranded on a deserted island for three days.
The man, who is a 64-year-old Bahamian national, had no food, water or shelter on the remote and uninhabited Cay Sal island in the Bahamas. He was in grave danger of dying from dehydration, exposure or worse.
But his luck changed when he managed to fire flares that caught the attention of a U.S. Coast Guard aircrew who were flying a routine patrol over the area. The heroic aircrew spotted the flares and quickly located the distressed man on the tiny island that has no residents or visitors. They dropped vital supplies of food, water and a radio to the man and established contact with him.
The man told them he had been marooned on the island for three days after his vessel became disabled during his solo voyage. He had no way of calling for help or signaling to any passing boats. He was relieved and grateful to see the Coast Guard rescuers who saved his life.
The Coast Guard aircrew took the man into custody and transferred him to Bahamian authorities. He was in good physical health considering his harrowing ordeal. Coast Guard watchstander Petty Officer Dev Craig praised the man for having flares on board, saying they were crucial for his rescue. He also reminded mariners to have proper emergency supplies and safety gear on board, as sailing solo can be risky and unpredictable.
This dramatic rescue story shows how the Coast Guard plays a vital role in protecting and saving lives in the Caribbean sea. It also shows how a lone sailor survived a deserted island nightmare thanks to his flares and the Coast Guard’s vigilance.