Coast Guard Rescues Man After Boat Takes on Water Near Clearwater
He told Coast Guard officials that sea conditions caused the boat to take on water and his bilge pump would not operate.
CLEARWATER – The Coast Guard said officials rescued a 48 year old boater Tuesday (July 14) after his 26-foot boat started taking on water about 13 miles west of Clearwater.
Rescued was North Redington Beach native, Mike Demarinis, 48.
A 29-foot Response Boat-Small II crew from Station Sand Key responded; once on scene the crew used a dewatering pump. The Coast Guard boat crew escorted Demarinis and his boat back to his home in North Redington Beach.
About 3:53 p.m. Sector St Petersburg watchstanders received a 911 transfer call from Pinellas County dispatch. Demarinis said his boat was taking on water and he needed immediate assistance.
Demarinis said sea conditions caused the boat to take on water and his bilge pump would not operate. Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders reported 6 mph winds and 2-foot seas.
There were no reported injuries.
“When you’re getting ready to launch, ensure all safety equipment is on board and working properly,” said Kevin Coyne, a command duty officer at the sector. “Also, make sure to familiarize everyone with the equipment.”
PHOTO BY PETTY OFFICER SECOND CLASS ASHLEY JOHNSON COURTESY OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD.
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