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(DPS) —  On Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at about 6 p.m., the Emergency Operations Center relayed information to the CNMI Department of Public Safety regarding a distress call from the western side of Saipan.

The DPS Impact rescue boat was launched to conduct search and rescue.

At about 6:09 p.m., the DPS Impact rescue boat departed Smiling Cove Marina and headed toward the western waters of Saipan. At about 6:40 p.m., officers noticed a flare sighting and immediately drove toward the area. Shortly after, officers approached a 13-foot vessel and noticed two individuals on-board. The individuals stated that they were OK and but had lost all power on the vessel.

The vessel was towed toward the Smiling Cove Marina, where it arrived safely back at port at approximately 7:32 p.m.

Officers learned that the individuals were out fishing earlier that day and went toward Marpi, when they decided to turn around and head south toward Tinian. As they were heading south they began to experience engine problems and called for help thorough Channel 16 via their VHF marine radio. During their transmission, they lost all battery power. As the sun began to set they shot two flares within a five-minute interval. Shortly after they shot their second flare, the Impact Rescue boat arrived at their location. The vessel was inspected and was found to be in compliance with all safety equipment aboard.

DPS encourages boaters to call  Channel 16 on your VHF radio when you need help, or if you would like to report a distressed vessel. If you would like to report a crime or an emergency, call 911 anytime. Your CNMI law enforcement officers care for your safe return home.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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