CAPSIZE AND RESCUE

CAPSIZE AND RESCUE


Capsize of the Hilario-Hilario voyage. Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard. A video clip of another capsize is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHkN5Zr6tL0


Coast Guard rescue swimmers, suspended from helicopters, hoisted migrants from the surf and transported them to shore. Harnesses were not used in order to expedite the process and save as many lives as possible. Photographs by Dennis A. Jones, courtesy of El Vocero de Puerto Rico.


The yola righted itself after capsize and provided a safe shelter for migrants awaiting rescue. Some migrants climbed or jumped ashore onto jagged and sharp coral rock. The yellow raft in one of the photos was dropped by a Coast Guard aircraft immediately after the capsize. In the background, to the left, a rescue swimmer, capsized passengers, and life vests are visible. Photographs by Dennis A. Jones, courtesy of El Vocero de Puerto Rico.


Survivors were gathered on the beach and then lined up for transport. Photographs by Dennis A. Jones, courtesy of El Vocero de Puerto Rico.


Five of the seven confirmed deaths. Photographs by Dennis A. Jones, courtesy of El Vocero de Puerto Rico.


Some of the migrants, including suspected smugglers, were detained shortly after the capsize. Photographs by Dennis A. Jones, courtesy of El Vocero de Puerto Rico.