Coast Guard rescues 4 lost at sea

Men rescued west of Guadeloupe Island

Published On: Jan 21 2013 01:37:34 PM EST
MIAMI -

The Coast Guard rescued four men who were lost at sea for six days.

The men were rescued west of Guadeloupe Island on Sunday. They had left St. Vincent Island on Jan. 12 on their way to Antigua. They reported that their vessel was disabled on Jan. 14.

Coast Guard crews found then men and gave them a radio, an emergency position indicating radio beacon (ERIRB) and food and water.

A crew aboard the Lamentin then picked up the men.

"Luck on behalf of the survivors along with vigilant watchstanding by the Coast Guard, and our partner agencies assisting in the search, ultimately saved the lives of these four men," said Capt. Drew Pearson, commanding officer at Coast Guard sector San Juan. "This case underscores the importance of having safety equipment such as an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) onboard your vessel; the EPIRB helps us respond quickly to mariners in distress."