Coast Guard rescues 3 from sinking boat near Long Boat Pass

Coast Guard rescues 3 from sinking boat near Long Boat Pass (Image 1)

Three people were rescued by the Coast Guard near Long Boat Pass after their 19-foot boat began taking on water Monday night.

The Coast Guard in St. Petersburg received a 911 transfer from a good Samaritan on scene at approximately 7:15 p.m., reporting the vessel was aground and was over turned. He also reported all three people donned life jackets once the vessel began taking on water.

A Response Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cortez arrived on scene, pulled all three people out of the water, re-righted the vessel and towed it to Coquina Bayside South boat ramp.

Related: Report: Florida leads the nation in boating accidents

“When we arrived on scene, they all had life jackets on in case the situation deteriorated,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Bartholomew Sullivan, the officer of the day at the station. “With summer starting, we want to remind all boaters to wear their life jackets, it can help save your life.”

There were no injuries reported.

Earlier in the day, the Coast Guard rescued 8 stranded boaters stranded off the coast of Anna Maria Island. In that case, the 33-foot scarab began to take on water. A Coast Guard crew aboard a Jayhawk helicopter based at Air Station Clearwater heard a call for help on the emergency radio channel, and rescued the passengers, between the ages of 11 and 60, from the boat. 

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