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5 rescued after boat overturns in east Caribbean

November 21, 2014

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) — Five people have been rescued in the eastern Caribbean after their pleasure boat overturned in rough waters.

Authorities on the French island of Martinique said the five were found Friday clinging to the hull of their boat. The boaters from the island of St. Vincent were reported to be in good health.

Officials said the boat had stopped in Antigua and was heading south to return to St. Vincent when it issued a distress call on Thursday night. They were located by a commercial vessel that had been traveling nearby and was rerouted to help with the search.

Authorities noted there was only one life jacket aboard the boat when it overturned between Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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