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Three Rescued, One Dead After Vessel Capsizes During Hurricane Maria

RFA Mounts Bay, the British Royal Navy auxiliary vessel from which the helicopter responded.
US Coast Guard website

A  British Royal Navy helicopter has rescued a woman and two children from a capsized boat disabled during Hurricane Maria.  But a man on the vessel has died.

The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and British Royal Navy scrambled to respond to a distress call off the coast of Puerto Rico Wednesday, according to a Coast Guard statement. 

A boat called Ferrel radioed it was disabled and adrift near the island of Vieques in seas with 20 foot waves and 115 mile an hour winds.  Late Wednesday night a Coast Guard plane found the capsized vessel and a British naval helicopter responded to the scene. 

A woman and two children were lifted from the boat, but a man was trapped inside when the Ferrel flipped over.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.