Shortly after 12:00 noon the international radio distress signal used by ships and aircraft “mayday” was picked up by Blue Reef Watersports Parasailing boat Captain Thomas “Tom” Brown aboard his boat ‘Frayed Knot’.
Just off the shores of Morning Star beach near Charlotte Amalie harbor a boat registered in Puerto Rico: The Emmual was sinking fast after hitting a treacherous reef called Triangle Reef.
Aboard the sinking vessel where nine people including two women, five men and two children all vacationing in the Virgin Islands from Puerto Rico.
With the assistance of the company SeaTow, Tom Brown, a 100 Ton US Coast Guard Master Captain since 1985 utilized his experience as an Army Medic, Registered Nurse and Combat Medic in the National Guard to corral the stranded vacationers into his watercraft and took them to safety.
Blue Reef Watersports spokesperson Rich Sadler stated: “Blue Reef Watersports was honored to be of assistance today and we are relieved disaster was averted for this wonderful family.”
It’s also been reported that the sunken vessel was later raised by a salvage crew using inflatable marine salvage bags. They brought the Emmual, a research boat for a school to the surface, repaired the damage, pumped out the sea water and all was good again.
To know more about Blue Reef Watersports or Parasailing St Thomas, please visit www.ParasailingStThomas.com. For inquiries, please call 340-626-7609 or email Rich Sadler at richabunda[email protected]
Company: Blue Reef Watersports
Business Owner: Mike Tarantino (Marketing Director: Rich Sadler)
Address: 6501 Redhook Plaza, Suite 201 | St. Thomas, USVI 00802
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