Here's How 3 People Stranded On Island Amazingly Survived For 33 Days
By Jason Hall
February 10, 2021
The U.S. Coast Guard Southeast announced it was assisting the three individuals who were stranded on Anguilla Cay in a video shared on its official Twitter account Tuesday morning. A helicopter crew initially discovered the two men and a woman waving a makeshift flag during a routine air patrol around the chain of islands, which are located between the Florida Keys and Cuba, NBC News reports.
In the video shared on the U.S. Coast Guard Southeast Twitter account, an Air Station Miami crew is seen dropping a radio, food and water to the three individuals.
#BreakingNews @USCG is assisting 3 people who have reportedly been stranded on Anguilla Cay, Bahamas for 33 days. An Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew has dropped a radio, food and water. More to follow.#D7 #Ready #Relevant #Responsive #searchandrescue #USCG pic.twitter.com/D263ptTarz— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) February 9, 2021
The rescue was, however, delayed due to weather in the area, officials confirmed to NBC News.
#UPDATE @USCG rescued the 3 Cuban nationals stranded on Anguilla Cay. A helicopter crew transferred the 2 men & 1 woman to Lower Keys Medical Center with no reported injuries. More details to follow.#D7 #USCG #Ready #Relevant #Responsive pic.twitter.com/4kX5WJJhs8— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) February 9, 2021
The three individuals, who were identified as Cuba nationals, told officials they swam to the deserted island after their boat was capsized in rough waters, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
“I cannot recall a time that we saved people who were stranded for over a month on an island,” said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Murray via the Sun-Sentinel. “That is a new one for me.”
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