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Distressed vessel at Marpi Reef

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(DPS) — On Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at about 7:15 p.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a call reporting a distressed vessel at Marpi Reef.

The caller stated that they were running low on fuel and weren’t sure if they would make it to port.

At about 7:33 p.m., the Impact rescue boat was launched and headed toward the location of the distressed vessel. At approximately 8:09 p.m., the Impact rescue boat arrived about four miles northwest of Banzai Cliff and escorted the vessel as it made its way toward the main channel.

At about 9 p.m., the vessel ran out of fuel at the entrance of the Main Channel, and was towed into port by the Impact rescue boat. At about 9:15 p.m., the vessel was safely brought into the Smiling Cove Marina. The vessel was found to be in compliance with all boating safety equipment.

Police learned that the vessel ran out of fuel at Marpi Reef and radioed another vessel near the area to ask if it had extra fuel. The other vessel gave the distressed vessel about five gallons of fuel to try to make it back toward Saipan.

DPS Boating Safety would like to remind boaters to always be aware of changing water and weather conditions. Make sure to complete a checklist of all safety equipment and inspect all safety gear before departing the marina.

Boaters are encouraged to call  Channel 16 on their VHF radio when you need help. Or if you would like to report a distressed vessel, call 911. Your CNMI law enforcement officers care for your safe return home.

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