Wednesday, December 17, 2014

U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Man Stranded On Bahamas Island

An American man adrift at sea for five days and subsequently stranded on an uninhabited island in the Cay Sal Bank was rescued by the US Coast Guard on Monday, Coast Guard officials said yesterday.

Larry Sutterfield, 39, a native of Illinois, had initially set out from the Florida Keys on a camping trip when he was pulled out to sea.

He had been on an island in the Cay Sal Bank for about a day when he was found by chance by Coast Guard officials on routine patrol in the area. 

Video shot by the rescue crew showed the man emerging from a small tent on the island and waving frantically to attract their attention.


Published on Dec 16, 2014

MIAMI — A man who was stranded for approximately six days is safe after the Coast Guard rescued him off an island in Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas, Monday night.

Rescued was Larry Sutterfield, 39, a U.S. citizen.

During a routine law enforcement patrol, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew spotted a fire and a man waving his arms in distress on a Cay Sal Bank island. The aircrew quickly dropped a VHF-radio, food and water to the man who then stated he was stranded after his dinghy was disabled and drifted to the island.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore who arrived on scene and took the stranded man safely aboard and transferred him to Coast Guard Sector Key West where local emergency medical services were watiing. No major medical concerns were reported.

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