US Coast Guard officials in New Orleans, Louisiana confirmed Friday afternoon that an oil tanker carrying six rescued boaters from Cayman made it safely into the south-western pass near the city with the men on board.
Four Caymanians and two Hondurans rescued in the western
Caribbean Sea earlier this week after nine days adrift on a life raft may not actually arrive on shore in ‘the Big Easy’ until Saturday or even Sunday, according to Coast Guard Lt. Marcel Rousseau.
Mr. Rousseau said large tanker craft, like the CPO Sweden can take a while to get through to the dock and will sometimes have to wait for available mooring space.
“Once the boat does make it to dock, they will transfer those people off the ship and take them to the airport,” Lt. Rousseau said.
There will be rooms available for the men to stay in at the airport. They will be processed through US Customs and Border Protection at that time. Mr. Rousseau said contact would then have to be made with their respective countries’ consulates to get the appropriate documentation to send the men home.
The CPO Sweden oil tanker rescued the six men around noon Tuesday
in the waters near Belize.
The 37-foot fishing boat the men were on, ‘Miss Janice’, sank on 17 July about five hours after
leaving Grand Cayman. The men survived by inflating a life
raft and drinking rainwater over the course of several days.
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