All passengers who were on board a boat bound for Dominica that sank of the coast of Saba are reported to be safe in St. Eustatius on Monday morning.
The boat, the Grace Mary Ann, sank in rough seas on Sunday night with about eight passengers on board.
Three boats, Nature Isle, Grace Mary Ann and Grace Richie, left St. Maarten for Dominica early on Sunday night but soon ran into rough seas, probably associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Rafael.
The Nature Isle returned to St. Maarten. However, the other two vessels continued on.
Off the coast of Saba, the Grace Mary Ann ran into problems and sank but all the passengers were picked up by the Grace Richie, which eventually sent out a ‘May Day’ signal.
Rescue personnel from St. Eustatius and St. Maarten responded and the boat was guided safely to St. Eustatius.
DNO was informed by one of the passengers from the Nature Isle that everyone is safe and in good spirits.