Crew and damaged ship reverse home safely

| 23/03/2011

(CNS):  Update Wednesday 7:10am – The rescued vessel, El Tigre, escorted by the Joint Marine Unit vessel, Niven D, returned to Grand Cayman last night (Tuesday, 22 March), police say. The boat and crew arrived at the North Sound Launch Ramp, Newlands around 10.30 pm. Police said the four man crew of the El Tigre were all safe and well, despite having to reverse their boat around 38 miles back to Grand Cayman while pumping water to keep it afloat. The crew first reported taking on water around 11.00 am yesterday. The owner of the boat arranged for two pumps to be transported to the boat by helicopter and then contacted the police. (Photo Dennie Warren Jr)

The Niven D was deployed to rendezvous with the boat, which was making its way slowly back to Grand Cayman using the pumps dropped onto the boat by Cayman Islands Helicopters to keep the vessel afloat.

Shortly after 5.00 pm Tuesday Niven D came up alongside the El Tigre around 30 miles from shore. A private vessel from Harbour House Marina also went to the location and assisted with pumping water.  All three vessels travelled back to Grand Cayman Tuesday evening.

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  1. Absurdistani says:

    “Well done” to all those involved.

  2. gemma says:

    and the RCIPS air support unit was where? oh right, getting it’s oil changed, I remember… so presumably now, Jerome will be criticised again for having the sense to buy his equipment, and expect to be paid to add wear and tear to it. Here we go…

  3. Michel Lemay says:

    Thank God, I understand others boats are in the area and all souls on board are safe. Best news for the day. Sure beats the Premier on TV. Very good influence for our children and grand-children watching a grown man, a Leader (?) act this way. No man,and Mr. Premier you are going where ? All I have to say if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen for God’s sake.