Coast Guard, Hillsborough Deputies Rescue Four from Under Skyway
The four were clinging to an overturned hull.
ST. PETERSBURG – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four men Friday (Nov. 20) who were clinging to an overturned boat under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a report of two red flares from a Tampa Bay Pilot boat south of the bridge. About five minutes later the Sector received notification from Manatee County of a 9-1-1 call reporting a vessel taking on water in the vicinity of the bridge.
A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg boat crew arrived about 10:45 p.m. after a Hillsborough County Sheriff helicopter had spotted the four men clinging to the overturned hull. The crew took the mariners to awaiting emergency services personnel at Harborage Marina.
“It started off as a flare sighting, then a 911 call, which diverted a Hillsborough County helicopter who spotted the mariners so we could pick them up,” said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Alex Dominicci, the Sector’s command duty officer. “It was a great multi-agency response and was well executed.”
The four mariners had no medical issues. The submerged vessel is located outside of the main channel.
PHOTO OF THE RESCUED MARINERS COURTESY OF U.S. COAST GUARD DISTRICT 7.
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