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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.

Two Boaters Rescued South of Abaco

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.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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