A fisherman is dead after a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and a fishing boat crashed outside of Puerto Rico on August 8.
he fisherman and his brother were fishing on their commercial fishing boat, Deskata, when it collided with cutter Winslow Griesser approximately 4 nautical miles outside of Dorado, Puerto Rico.
The cause of the collision is under investigation, according to a press release from the Coast Guard. The brother survived the crash but was injured.
USCG referred questions about the crash to National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the investigation.
The crew of Winslow Griesser took the two fishermen to Coast Guard Base San Juan, in Puerto Rico, where emergency medical services took the brother to the Centro Medico hospital.
We send our most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and loved ones, and pray they find strength during this most difficult time. A thorough investigation will be completed to determine the causal factors that led to this collision so that we can prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future
Capt. José E. Díaz, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan, said.