International effort manages to save crew adrift in Pacific

The rescue of three fishermen on a disabled boat some 120 miles off Flamingo was an international effort.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas de Costa Rica said that the boat “Río Bravo II” was spotted by a U.S. flag vessel, whose crew reported the situation to the U.S. Embassy in San José. The embassy alerted the Costa Rican coast guard, which coordinated with the U.S. Southern Command to locate vessels in the area..

A British ship, the “Geraldine Manx,” intercepted the troubled Costa Rican boat. Eventually the Costa Rican craft was towed to near the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya where a Costa Rican coast guard boat took over and towed the craft to dock in Puntarenas.

The three men on board were identified as Ramón Gómez Gaitán, Jairo Palma Romero and William Bustos Matarrita, the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas said.

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