US, Colombian coast guards save 6 after shipwreck
BOGOTA, Colombia – The Colombian navy says U.S. and Colombian rescuers have saved six people from a shipwrecked catamaran after more than 24 hours adrift at sea.
Capt. Carlos Gil says the Japanese-flagged "Pulchra 3" was carrying four Japanese nationals, an Italian woman and a Frenchman, the captain.
They were heading from France to Panama when the boat ran aground early Saturday on a coral reef near the Serrana Bank, a Colombian atoll in the Caribbean.
They used a satellite phone to make a distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami.
U.S. and Colombian coast guard units arrived Sunday afternoon and rescued the people from two lifeboats.
Gil said Monday they would fly from Colombia to Panama and then continue to the United States.