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Four men including two Jamaicans rescued at sea

Jamaica Gleaner / The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard has rescued four people, including two Jamaicans, who were adrift at sea for almost two weeks.

The Coast Guard says they were rescued on Wednesday aboard a disabled sailboat about 180 miles south east of Kingston.

The Coast Guard says on Tuesday it received information from the Curacao Rescue Coordination Centre that about four persons were aboard a 30-foot sailboat which was disabled and adrift at sea.

It says a rescue vessel was deployed to conduct a search.

It says the occupants, two Jamaicans, one Antiguan and one Montserratian, were taken to Port Royal where they were processed and medically examined.

The Coast Guard says the men stated that they departed Jamaica for Antigua on July 2 but developed mechanical difficulties while en-route and had been drifting since then.

Additionally, the vessel?s sails were not working and their GPS was not functioning properly.

The Coast Guard says although the crew was landed, the vessel was detained by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica for breaches of basic safety requirements under the Shipping Act.

It says the vessel will not be allowed to depart Port Royal until the deficiencies are rectified. 

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