St. Lucia News Online first broke the news on July 8 when two Soufriere fishermen – Amil Mitchel and Nazil Jamal Henry – were rescued after they got lost at sea on Monday, July 8 on board fishing vessel “Freedom”.
The fishermen have since returned home.
“I insist on a point: using radio VHF, which is not so expensive, approximately70 €, would have avoid this distress situation. Thank you for everything you could do to improve safety at sea for Saint Lucia people, said Edouard Perrier, directeur du CROSS Antilles Guyane.
MRCC said a Dutch and a French aircraft found the men after hours of searching 80 nautical miles west of Castries.
MRCC is responsible for search and rescue at sea in a large area, from south of Saint Lucia to north of Anguilla including a large part of the Atlantic ocean.
MRCC Fort de France said it is managing SAR operations with the “very precious help of public or private assets from each country in the area”.
Last year, 1200 people were rescued by MRCC Fort de France (850 search and rescue cases).