3 people rescued from capsized vessel south of Long Key, Fla.

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Three people were rescued by Coast Guard crews after a vessel capsized six miles south of Long Key, Fla., Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received notification of the 35-foot capsized vessel and three people in the water from a good Samaritan. After the initial notification, the watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Fla.  A Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew conducting a training flight was also diverted to assist in locating the people in distress.

The twin-engine aircraft crew spotted the people in the water and relayed the coordinates to the rescue crew from Islamorada. The people were wearing personal floatation devices when they were rescued from the water.

“The Coast Guard highly recommends the use of personal flotation devices to all boaters,” said Lt. Kara Lavin, with Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla. “The chances for survival are greatly increased when boaters wear their flotation devices.”

A boat crew from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is scheduled to remain on scene until the vessel is salvaged.

Coast Guard Station Islamorada file photo

Coast Guard Station Islamorada file photo

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