Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescues three people from sunken vessel

A Coast Guard crew member from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, passes out blankets to three people rescued from a sunken fishing vessel approximately 35 miles southwest of Cape San Blas, Florida, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. The fishermen were flown to Air Station Clearwater and met with EMS; no injuries to report. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse.

A Coast Guard crew member from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, passes out blankets to three people rescued from a sunken fishing vessel approximately 35 miles southwest of Cape San Blas, Florida, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse.

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued three people from a sunken fishing vessel approximately 35 miles southwest of Cape San Blas, Florida, Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a mayday call on VHF channel 16 from the crew of the  38-foot fishing vessel Marion J at 1:44 a.m. explaining that their vessel was taking on water.

Sector Mobile received a call from a crewmember’s girlfriend who told watchstanders that there were three people aboard the vessel, and the boat was approximately 35 miles southwest of Cape San Blas.

The fishing vessel sunk and the crew boarded a life raft.

Involved in the search were:

  • A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Panama City, Florida
  • An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry air crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama
  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida

The MH-60 crew located the people in a life raft, hoisted them at 4:40 a.m. and transported them to Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater to emergency medical services in stable condition.

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