Update February 23, 2021
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard air and surface units assisted a distressed sailing vessel Monday that was taking on water with eight people onboard in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 80 nautical miles south of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico.
The Zoma, a 46-foot Danish flagged sailing vessel, and all its passengers, five Danish and three French nationals, including two minors, made it to safe harbor Monday morning in Ponce, Puerto Rico under the escort of Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos.
“I have the utmost pride in my crew’s performance and enthusiasm throughout this case,” said Lt. Anthony Orr, Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos commanding officer. “Throughout the challenging weather, the crew worked tirelessly throughout the night to control flooding aboard the sailing vessel Zoma, make her seaworthy and escort her to the best safe haven. The success of this case was only possible through the impeccable teamwork between the Joseph Tezanos, Sector San Juan’s Command Center and Air Station Borinquen. Despite being put to the test, there are few greater rewards in our profession than rescuing the lives of those eight mariners in harm’s way.”