The Joint Sea Patrol Treaty between Costa Rica and the United States allows mutual operations agreement between
the coast guards of both countries. - U.S. Coastguard and Ministry of Security photos -












Published Tuesday, November 10, 2020

U.S. Coastguards rescued the crew
of two sinking Costa Rican boats


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. Coastguard officers carried out the second operation in one week of the rescue of the crew of Costa Ricans that were about to sink.

According to the report of the Ministry of Security, on Tuesday they rescued four crew members of a fishing boat identified with Costa Rican plate El Pinino-PG9457.

The ship sank in Panamanian waters, about 151 kilometers from Punta Burica, on the Pacific Coast, due to the strong waves caused by the collateral effects of Hurricane Eta passing over Central America.

The U.S. officers rescued the crew made up of three men, a Costa Rican surnamed Mena-Anchía, a Nicaraguan surnamed Daniel-Gómez, and a Colombian surnamed Sergio-Lozano.

Then, U.S. Coastguard took the crew to Golfito Port in Puntarenas Province where they were attended by the Costa Rican Coast Guard.

In a very similar case, last week the U.S. Coast Guard rescued the crew of another fishing boat that also sank in waters off the Pacific Coast.

According to the ministry report, the Costa Rican ship sank 56 nautical miles from Cabo Matapalo near Golfo Dulce also in Puntarenas Province.

The accident happened in the early hours of Tuesday when the Costa Ricans Coastguard received the alert call about a boat that was about to sink while crossing the Golfo Dulce fishing zone.

The crew had set sail on Oct. 20 from Puntarenas Port with provisions for a month. Instead, because of bad weather and conditions created by the Eta hurricane, the ship ended up sinking.

At the time there were no Costa Rican Coast Guard vessels near the emergency zone, so a request call was made to the U.S. Coastguard for rescuing the crew.

The crew consisted of four Costa Rican men surnamed Canales-Carrera, Chaves-Jiménez, Alfaro-Alfaro and Chávez-Pérez.

The U.S. Coastguard provided them with clothing, water and food, the ministry said. Then, they were picked up by a Costa Rican Coastguard to take them to Golfito Port.

The Joint Sea Patrol Treaty between Costa Rica and the United States allows mutual operations agreement between the coast guards of both countries.


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