Cayman Islands Coast Guard vessel (file photo)

(CNS): Three young men who were aboard a 14ft aluminum boat that was reported to be in distress in the North Sound on Monday evening are safe and sound, police said. The boat’s engine had apparently cut out and, at the time the distress call was made, the vessel was drifting with one person on board.

The other two young men on the boat “had entered the water”, police said. The CHIN report is unclear but it appears they swam ashore.

The report of a vessel in distress was made shortly after 7:30 p.m. on April 11. The Cayman Islands Coast Guard has begun a search of the area where the vessel was last seen adrift, aided by community members, CHIN officers and the police helicopter.

However, as they searched, authorities were told by family members that the ship had drifted across the North Sound and landed near the Holiday Inn. Emergency services attended the scene and the occupant of the boat was medically examined and found to be in good health.

The Coastguard has urged boaters to always ensure they have a working flashlight, flares, VHF radio and a charged phone in waterproof packaging. Commander Robert Scotland noted that if only one of these devices had been on board the ship could have been located much more quickly.

“While we are pleased that all of the young men have been located, last night’s incident could have had a very different outcome, so please remember to ensure you always have the appropriate safety equipment on board and that each person also has a personal flotation. device,” he added.