Coast Guard assists charter vessel taking on water near Crystal River

Coast Guard District 7 NewsCRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – Coast Guard rescue crews dewatered a 28-foot charter vessel with seven people aboard after it was reported to be taking on water approximately 29 miles West of the Chassahowitzka River Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center was relayed the distress call from the captain aboard a Good Samaritan vessel Job Side stating the vessel in distress was taking on water.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew who upon arrival to the scene dropped two dewatering pumps and a rescue swimmer to help control the flooding. Coast Guard Station Yankeetown launched a 27-foot rescue boat crew who safely transferred the seven people off the vessel taking on water and onto their rescue boat.

The vessel flooding was controlled and is being towed by the Coast Guard to the entrance to Crystal River where Seatow will take over the tow.

No injuries have been reported.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters of the importance of always having proper safety equipment on board in case of an emergency. Possessing a hand held pump can add extra time for rescuers to respond in the event of an emergency and are strongly recommended to be on every vessel.

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