5 people, dog rescued by Coast Guard near Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Five people and one dog were rescued by Coast Guard crewmembers after their 24-foot boat became disabled three miles west of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Tuesday.

Seatow contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at 8:50 p.m., stating the people aboard the vessel were disabled due to a fuel pump issue and were in need of assistance.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cortez arrived on scene, transferred all five people and the dog over to the RBM, took the boat in tow and transported them back to the sector due to inclement weather coming through the area.

No injuries were reported.

“The Coast Guard highly recommends boaters check weather before heading out on the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Arrieta, a search and rescue watchstander at the sector. “Weather can be unpredictable and can take a turn for the worst while on the water.”

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