The crew of the San Diego-based Coast Guard cutter Boutwell rescued four fishermen Monday after their disabled fishing vessel had been adrift about 100 miles off the coast of Panama for 14 days.
The El Apache’s crew was due to return Dec. 28 to Panama City, but had suffered an engine casualty.
“Thank God! We shared a lot of joy that we were saved,” one of El Apache’s crew members is quoted in a Coast Guard press release. “We are very thankful that we were picked up, after so many ships had passed by without seeing us.”