Merchant ships are often called on to help distressed vessels attempting to navigate the Caribbean Sea. So when a distress call went out yesterday from port control in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, the M/V Deneb J promptly responded. All eight passengers aboard the sinking boat were rescued and taken to Santo Tomas, Guatemala where they were met last night by health officials to examine their condition.

Seaboard Marine’s Captain Policarpo Mauricia, Director of Fleet Operations, said, “Seaboard Marine’s trade lanes often coincide with areas frequented by commercial and local fishing vessels. At times, these waters contain distressed fishing boats or refugees. Our crews are mindful of this fact, offering assistance whenever possible.”

Once rescued, the survivors were in joyous spirits aboard the M/V Deneb J, a 950 TEU container ship. Upon examination by the port doctor in Guatemala; all eight survivors are in good health. However, their incapacitated boat, the Pura Vida, sunk while in tow.

Captain Mauricia added, “Kudos to Captain Villanueva and the crew of the Deneb J for their quick response in saving the lives of these men. We are proud of their actions”