Coast Guard Rescues Overdue Boaters Near Hernando Beach
Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call from the overdue mariners’ friend Thursday evening stating they had not arrived back as scheduled.
HERNANDO BEACH – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two overdue boaters aboard a disabled 22-foot vessel 18 miles west of Hernando Beach Friday.
Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call from a friend of the overdue mariners Thursday (Oct. 8) evening stating they had not arrived back as scheduled.
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 aircrew spotted a red flare early Friday (Oct. 9) morning and a Coast Guard Station Yankeetown 29-foot Response Boat—Small boat crew located and safely embarked the two mariners. They were transferred to Yankeetown Marina without injuries.
“We are always grateful when we are able to locate missing mariners quickly and find them unharmed,” said Capt. Matthew Thompson, Sector St. Petersburg commanding officer. “Having the proper safety gear on board is important in cases like this to help us locate vessels offshore and out of cell phone range.”
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