Boater rescued by Coast Guard near Estero Bay, Fla

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A boater was rescued by the Coast Guard after his vessel capsized in Estero Bay, Fla., Friday.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a transferred distress call at 9 p.m., where a good Samaritan reported he observed a capsized dinghy sinking 20 feet from his vessel and he heard a low-pitch call for ‘help’.

Watchstanders launched a boatcrew aboard a 29–foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach.

The crew arrived on scene at 9:26 p.m., recovered the man from the water and transferred the man to the station where they were met by EMS.

“This case is a great example of why it’s so important to wear your life jacket at all times when out on the water,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael McHugh, coxswain during the rescue. “Bad situations can be made much worse without the proper safety gear.”

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