Search Ongoing At Sea; Sixteen Persons Rescued

Water rescue operation

Officers of the St. Kitts and Nevis Coast Guard, along with the assistance of a French aircraft, are continuing search and rescue operations in response to a distress call from a French registered vessel with an estimated thirty persons onboard.

Sixteen persons, 2 persons from Antigua and Barbuda and 14 persons from Cameroon, have already been rescued. Three bodies were also recovered, at approximately 9 a.m., this morning.

The vessel has since sank.

Commander of the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Col. Anthony Comrie, disclosed that the Coast Guard responded to a distress call about twenty nautical miles (between St. Kitts and Antigua), in the early hours of the morning. Once on the scene, they discovered a vessel in a distressed state, with some persons in the water.

Initial reports indicate that the vessel was in Guadeloupe about one week ago, made its way to Antigua yesterday and was reported missing from Antigua earlier this morning, March 27.

Investigations into this incident are ongoing.

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