Coast Guard rescues two boaters near Anna Maria Island

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men early Saturday morning after their boat began taking on water near Anna Maria Island.

Watch-standers from St. Petersburg received a call around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. The boaters told Coast Guard their boat had engine trouble about 13 miles west of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County, and as a result began to flood.

Once the Coast Guard’s response crew arrived on scene they began assisting the boaters by pumping the water out of their boat.

The crew then attached the distressed boat for towing and brought it to Cortez, where no injuries were reported. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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