Coast Guard Rescues Two from Overturned Boat
Neither was injured.
CLEARWATER – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two boaters Saturday (March 21) from an overturned 24-foot vessel about 14 miles off Clearwater.
A Coast Guard Station Sand Key 45-foot Response Boat— Medium boat crew recovered a man and woman from the sinking vessel and took them to the Clearwater City Marina without any medical injuries or concerns.
Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders were notified by a personal location beacon that had been activated by one of the boaters. They were located by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules aircrew. An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew was also on scene. The vessel will be recovered by commercial salvage.
“Having a personal location beacon made a big difference in this case,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Angel Ramos, the command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg. “Cell phones don’t always work offshore and these devices allow us to begin a search from a last known position.”
PHOTO IS FROM A VIDEO OF THE RESCUE BY PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS AYLA HUDSON. COURTESY OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD
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