Members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard on Monday saved several fishermen, including one who was drifting out at sea for about 20 hours.
According to a Facebook post from National Security Advisor and owner of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia, the Guyanese fishermen encountered difficulties at sea at about 20:30hrs on Christmas Night.
He reported that the fishing crew outfitted themselves with life jackets and jumped into the Atlantic Ocean and scrambled into the life rafts they deployed before the vessel sank.
The crew then, reportedly, recognized that one of their crew members was missing. As such, they floated and floated all night on the raging ocean and blistering rain showers, hoping to find their colleague.
By Monday morning, however, they were located by another fishing vessel.
The Coast Guard was immediately notified of the situation and officers immediately launched their rescue vessels for the missing man.
“The soldiers were focused and determined, they searched and searched and search even when the weather became dangerous and the sea state was extremely high.
“They never give up,” Captain Gouveia stated.
Eventually, the officers engaged Roraima Airways for air support.
Gouveia said that an aircraft under the command of Captain Gerry Gouveia Jr. was immediately dispatched; he was joined by the Commanding officer of the Coast Guard.
Despite the weather, he said the search continued in the air and water and eventually the man was found.
“After 20 hours of drifting aimlessly in the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean he was hauled aboard the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard vessel and brought to safety,” Captain Gouveia said further.
All of the fishermen have since been taken to safety.