Story by U.S. Coast Guard,
7th District Public Affairs
SAN JUAN Puerto Rico - Severo Rodriguez, 70, from St. Croix,
U.S. Virgin Islands, was rescued by the Coast Guard Cutter Chincoteague
this afternoon after being found by a private airplane almost 48-hours
after he was expected home.
Rodriguez was reported missing by his daughter to the U.S. Coast Guard
Greater Antilles Section in Puerto Rico yesterday morning at 7:45 a.m.
after he did not return from a Wednesday voyage. His daughter
joined the search effort and actually rented the plane and pilot who
eventually found Rodriguez while flying a search area provided by the
The Coast Guard conducted eight additional searches of the most probable
location where Rodriguez would be located based on the information
provided. Also assisting in the search effort was Puerto Rico
Police Department's FURA Unit helicopter. The Coast Guard Cutter
Chincoteague was also searching in the area and diverted to recover
Rodriguez from his small boat once he was located. Rodriguez was
reported in good condition and was given food and water by the crew of
Assisting in Rodriguez' rescue was the fact that he left a float plan
with a responsible person shoreside who was able to notify the Coast
Guard so that a reasonable search area could be developed.
Chincoteague is a 110 foot Cutter home ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.