Two people stranded at sea just southwest of Abaco were rescued by a United States Coast Guard air crew aboard an MH-60 helicopter from Air Station Clearwater on May 20.
Nick Carullo and Calvin Koch were stranded at sea on the Dupleta, a 34-foot boat that thad engine trouble southwest of Abaco in the Bahamas.
The Seventh Coast Guard District command center received the report of the disabled vessel and launched an aircrew, which already was deployed as part of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT).
The helicopter retrieved the men from their boat and transported them to Nassau.
The vessel was marked and arrangements were made with commercial salvage to recover it.
Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos is a combined Coast Guard, DEA and Government of Bahamas partnership to combat drug smuggling to and from the Bahamas.
The OPBAT Operations Center is responsible for initiating and prosecuting law enforcement cases in the Bahamian area of responsibility and regularly assists with prosecuting human smuggling and search and rescue cases.