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U.S. aids rescue after fishing boat sinks

April 26, 2007

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— A U.S. Coast Guard cutter and helicopter plucked more than a dozen fishermen from the Atlantic after their boat capsized, but at least 15 others were missing Wednesday.

The 52-foot Abra Cadabra, carrying at least 34 fishermen, was sailing to a popular fishing bank off the Dominican Republic's north coast when it capsized around 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Another boat rescued two of the fishermen some 20 miles north of the Dominican town of Montecristi on Tuesday and reported the sinking to the Dominican Navy, which asked the U.S. Coast Guard for help.

The Coast Guard said it sent an HU-25 Falcon jet and two cutters to the scene, along with helicopters and planes based in Borinquen, Puerto Rico; Clearwater, Fla., and Mobile, Ala. A Dominican Republic naval vessel also searched for survivors.

Coast Guard cutters found 16 fishermen bobbing in the water and a helicopter rescued another survivor, spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said.

The survivors have been taken to hospitals for treatment of dehydration and extreme sunburn.

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