Coasties discover two drifters - Coki Point, St. Thomas

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DandyDon

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Coast Guard Rescues Two Divers off Coki Point
The U.S. Coast guard rescued two divers in distress Thursday afternoon from the middle of the channel just off Coki Point, St. Thomas.

According to a news release from the Coast Guard in Puerto Rico, the rescued divers are a man, 57, and a woman, 21, reportedly tourists, who were spotted by the Coast Guard crew at approximately 1 p.m. during a routine patrol.

The Coast Guard Boat Forces Detachment St. Thomas crew, operating aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement, turned on their blue lights during their approach to deter oncoming boat traffic from getting close to the divers.

Once alongside, the crew pulled both divers safely aboard and assessed that there were no medical emergencies.

“The crew was proficient in spotting two divers in distress with no dive flag, and were able to get them out of the water quickly to avoid vessel traffic in the middle of the channel,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Koelle, Boat Forces Detachment Saint Thomas coxswain for the case. “Both divers were physically exhausted and most likely would not have been able to swim to shore. This case serves as a reminder to make sure you have the proper safety equipment, especially a dive flag or buoy marker to ensure boaters can see there are divers in the water and keep a safe distance.”

The Coast Guard crew transported both divers safely back to Coki Beach.
 

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Coki is subject to some wicked current. Especially as you get nearer the point. You can move 5 feet and be totally out of it. Not the first time this has occurred. I used guides when I was there, would not want to navigate it without one, also because I was solo traveller.
 

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Sounds like 2 very lucky divers!
 
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