Fishermen rescue crew from sinking boat in Caribbean

NewsflarePublished: February 2, 2018
Published: February 2, 2018

This is the remarkable moment fishermen rescued some fellow anglers from a rapidly sinking boat during a competition off the coast of Grenada, in the Caribbean, on Sunday (28 January).

Carlos Cabral and his colleagues were taking part in the 49th Annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament 2018 - aboard the boat known as Cool Runnings - when the incident took place.

According to Cabral, as he and his crew were wrestling with a big fish, they received a mayday call from a nearby boat.

"We heard a report over the radio of a boat taking on water, we continued to fight the fish as we weren't sure who it was. About a minute later mayday calls came across the radio and they gave their coordinates a couple times," wrote the filmer.

The crew realised that the boat in question, the Godda Go - a 35ft Cabo-manufactured vessel - was the same one they had seen less than an hour ago.

According to a local report, the crew of the sinking ship were anglers from Trinidad and Tobago.

"It was a no-brainer to cut our Marlin loose and proceed to the suspected boat in distress," explained Cabral.

"As we reached, we could see the boat halfway sunken and that is where the first rescue video takes up (the story). The whole rescue process took about 10 minutes and the boat actually dipped below the surface before the last man was aboard the rescue boat."

Luckily for the crew of the sinking vessel, the Cool Runnings was nearby - any other boat in the area would have taken 20 to 30 minutes to arrive.

"It is still unknown why the boat took on so much water in such a short period of time. This boat sank within 20 minutes from start to finish," Cabral added.

++ WARNING CONTAINS SWEARING ++

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