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Coast Guard Spots Two in Life Raft While Searching for Other Boaters

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A Good Samaritan picked up the two in the life raft.

PINELLAS COUNTY –  The U.S. Coast Guard spotted two boaters in a life raft five miles off Caladesi Island on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130J Hercules aircrew saw the debris of a commercial fishing vessel and the two people while conducting a search pattern for two different overdue boaters from Panama City.

The two survivors where picked up by a Good Samaritan and taken to Port of Hudson Marina where they were met by Pasco County emergency medical services.

“These two were fortunate we came across them,” said Lt. Karinne Marical. “We encourage recreational and commercial vessels to have proper safety and communication equipment on board at all times.”

Information about the overdue boaters from Panama City was not available.

PHOTOS TAKEN FROM COAST GUARD VIDEO. COURTESY OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD.

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