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Current Incident

M/V Wepa
August 11, 2019 @ 2100 UTC

The U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) San Juan, Puerto Rico has asked for assistance in locating an overdue 22 foot Proline named WEPA, with 4 persons on board. The vessel is believed to have a 200 HP outboard, make unknown. The vessel was last known to be at anchor and fishing at Icacos Cay, Fajardo, Puerto Rico on 08 AUGUST 2019, and should have returned to shore by dark that evening.

The four persons on board are all males, ages 60, 59, 52, and 30 years of age. The boat presumably has a VHF radio, but no EPIRB aboard.

All vessels in the vicinity of ICACOS Cay, Fajardo are requested to keep a sharp lookout for the overdue vessel and contact the USCG at telephone number 787-289-2041 if you have any information regarding the vessel’s whereabouts.

UPDATE: August 13, 2019 @ 1145 UTC
USCG RCC San Juan advised they have no additional information regarding the vessel, and believe it is still adrift on a NW course as outlined by Chris Parker below. Please continue to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to USCG RCC San Juan, PR at telephone number 787-289-2041.

SSCA HF Radio Service KPK (8.104), as well as the Maritime Mobile Service Network (14.300) will continue to broadcast the lookout on Marine radio frequencies and Amateur radio frequencies.

On August 11, 2019, Chris Parker of the Marine Weather Center, was contacted and agreed with the NW course of drift (probably WNW to NW).  Chris estimated they would be drifting approximately 40 NM per day in the direction of the Navidad Bank, (20 01 N / 068 51 W), passing near-or-N-of Navidad Bank about Tue13... then near-or-N-of the Silver Bank (20 32 N / 069 42 W) about Wed14, and continuing on directly toward or just N of the Turks and Caicos about Fri16-Sun18.

The photo shown below is the WEPA.

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