POLICE REPORT: 4 persons survive mishap at sea

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POLICE REPORT: 4 persons survive mishap at sea
The Reel Irie sports-fishing vessel.
The Reel Irie sports-fishing vessel.

At about 12:45pm on Sunday, April 21, 2013, officers attached to the Marine Unit received a distress call from a vessel northeast of Cap Estate within the territorial waters of Saint Lucia.

Information received was that the vessel “Reel Irie” had encountered engine difficulties whilst on a fishing expedition. At the time there were four individuals on board the said vessel, two foreigners and two local nationals. They are Daniel and Kate Souki, American nationals vacationing here in Saint Lucia; Griffith Joseph, who was the captain of the vessel, and Kim Cooper, who was working alongside him.

A search was conducted off the said area by the Marine Unit and supported by aircraft from the Martinique coast guard but to no avail.

On Monday, April 22, 2013, officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station received information that some persons were discovered alive on the Dauphin Beach. These were the same individuals who had encountered difficulties with their vessel the previous day.

All individuals were transported to a medical institution via ambulance. They are all being treated and are in a stable condition.

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  1. I am a friend of Dan and Katie and I am just thanking God that they survived. They swam a long way to that island, thru the rain and night. We didn't know about this until they were in the hospital and got a call from there. They are 2 wonderful people. God truly Blessed them and kept them safe....Just dehydrated and exhausted.

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    • Hi, Mr. Horner - this is Joe Vazquez from CBS News in San Francisco. Could you please email me at [email protected]? We are trying to catch up with Dan and Katie and tell their incredible story of survival.

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  2. "A search was conducted off the said area by the Marine Unit and supported by aircraft from the Martinique coast guard but to no avail."

    Just for the record, the private boat owners came out in large numbers at sea, as well as combing the beaches. Turns out it was one of these private vessels which found the captain and crew out to sea.

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  3. Thats good new and am very happy fo the family and friends of these 4 persons.On the other hand am sad because my family and friends are still hopeing that we too will find our love ones who also went missing at sea about 10days or more.we still have hope and we will not give up on the prayers.GOD IS GOOD

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  4. Very fortunate that all survived. Where was the safety equipment? Life raft? EPIRB? Handheld waterproof VHF? Was the captain certified? There would have been far less risk if this equipment had been aboard. Is that not compulsory on commercial vessels like it is in the rest of the world?

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  5. Praise God for divine intervention.Angels took them safely to their loved ones.I can't imagine the prayers that went up to heaven that night.

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