The rescued boat ‘El Tigre’ was escorted by a Marine Unit vessel into Grand Cayman Tuesday night following a near 12-hour journey which involved the crew piloting the boat backwards while pumping out water.
The boat and crew arrived at the North Sound Launch Ramp, Newlands around 10.30 pm. Tuesday.
The four man crew of the El Tigre are all safe and well, police said.
The crew first reported taking on water around 11am Tuesday. The owner of the boat arranged for two pumps to be transported to the boat by helicopter and contacted the police.
Jerome Begot of Cayman Islands
Helicopters said he received a call at 12.30pm indicating that the boat
‘El Tigre’ was in trouble.
“One of the
families called me to drop off a pump there to take out water from the
front [of the boat] to ensure it did not sink,” Mr. Begot said.
Begot said the procedure had been successful and the vessel was on its
way back to Cayman.
“They are coming
in backwards at four miles an hour,” he said..
The Marine Unit vessel ‘Niven D’ was deployed to rendezvous with the boat, which was making its way slowly back to Grand Cayman.
Shortly after 5pm Tuesday the Niven D came up alongside the El Tigre, around 30 miles from shore. A private vessel from Harbour House Marina joined Niven D at the location and assisted in the water pumping operation.
Over the weekend, police and volunteer search boats – along the US Coast Guard – located a broken down fishing vessel about 50 miles south of Bodden Town. That craft and its three crew members had to be towed into George Town harbour Saturday night.