2 rescued by Coast Guard near Belleair Causeway

Southeastern Coast Guard News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Coast Guard crew pulled two people out of the water Saturday after their 19-foot boat capsized in the vicinity of the Belleair Causeway.

A good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Station Sand Key watchstanders at approximately 9 a.m., of the boat taking on water and capsizing with two people aboard.

Two men cling to the hull of their 19-foot boat while a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key rescues them near Sand Key, Fla., Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. The two men began taking on water causing the boat to capsize. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Meredith Manning

Two men cling to the hull of their 19-foot boat while a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key rescues them near Sand Key, Fla., Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Meredith Manning

A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water boatcrew from the station arrived on scene, pulled the two people from the water with no medical concerns and transported them to Belleair boat ramp.

“Both gentlemen were partially in the water when we arrived on scene, thier lifejackets had already drifted away,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Sappo, a crewmember at the station. “Everyone is very lucky we got there when we did. Our concern is that because they were not wearing their lifejackets initially, it could have been a much different outcome. We want to stress the Coast Guard may not be able to get there in time, so wear your lifejackets at all times.”

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