R/V Proteus was called upon to support a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation while transiting from Port Arthur, TX to Paramaribo, Suriname. On the evening of 12 September, a VHF radio call was received for rescue operations of a 25 foot sport fisherman that had been adrift on the southwestern side of Cuba for a week. The vessel in distress had been spotted by a tug and tow operation that was not capable of conducting a rescue. With support and guidance of the USCG Miami, Proteus altered course to intercept and assist. Proteus maneuvered alongside the drifting craft and rescued 8 persons of Cuban nationality. After it was determined that extraordinary medical attention was not required, the crew was fed, berthed, and taken to the Cayman Islands for further assistance.

 

The stranded boat rescued by R/V Proteus.

The stranded boat rescued by R/V Proteus.

Cuban crew being rescued by R/V Proteus.

Cuban crew being rescued by R/V Proteus.

Rescued crew boarding R/V Proteus

Rescued crew boarding R/V Proteus