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    Dominican Republic
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    18.7357°N, 70.1627°W
     
     
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    Dominican Republic
    Boating
    18.7357°N, 70.1627°W

    Survivor
    John
    Rescued By
    Coastguard
    Date Of Rescue
    2012-01-11
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    Lives saved

    1
    Adults

    Activity

    Boating

    Terrain

    Ocean

    Weather

    Hurricane

    Issue

    Boat Sinking

     

    Mechanical Failure

    What happened?

     

    Sheer Joy was purchased in Miami and enroute to St Croix, Virgin Islands when it suffered damage due to hurricane Joaquim. The Captain John McCoy and crewman, John Temple, were stranded at Staniel Cay for 13 days awaiting parts to get underway. 


    Due to the hurricane, all the usual fuel stops were decimated, so the boat stopped at Inagua Cay, Bahamas and was able to fuel up, and proceed to their next fuel stop in the Dominican Republic. 


    Two things occurred on the way: John Temple became deathly ill, they now think from a mosquito bite that occurred in Inagua, and the boat was still experiencing steering problems. This forced an overlong stop for repairs in the Dominican Republic and John Temple had to fly home. 


    Capt McCoy elected to stay with the boat and bring her home. He was an experienced boater and master scuba dive instructor and was capable of proceeding on his own. He left the DR the day before Thanksgiving, late in the afternoon, and was making good time. He decided to stop for a rest, left the engines idling. An hour later, when he awoke, one engine had quit and would not restart, then the second engine quit. He went back to investigate and found 2 1/2 ft of water in the lower cabin. He had just enough time to grab the EPRIB and the dingy, no time to unstrap, and add the dingy motor, luckily he was wearing a life jacket and had a small radio attached to it. Within minutes of leaving the ship it turned over and sank. 


    The EPIRIB immediately put out it's life saving signal, heard by the U.S. Coast Guard in Puerto Rico. They notified a tug boat, the Coral Coast, who began searching the area. Capt. McCoy could not answer the Coast Guard as his radio would not broadcast far, but he could hear that a boat was searching. Luckily daylight brought the tug close enough to hear him, and the Capt of the tug was determined not to leave until they found him.


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    The EPIRIB immediately put out it's life saving signal, heard by the U.S. Coast Guard in Puerto Rico. 

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