Coast Guard assists disabled sailboat in rough seas

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Coast Guard assisted five people aboard a disabled sailboat Tuesday morning at 3 a.m. five-miles east of Daytona Beach, Fla.

A 47-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Ponce Inlet was able to tow the sailboat with all five people back to Port Canaveral safely with no injuries.

“With the weather turning colder and the seas getting rougher, boaters should take extra precautions. Boaters should always file a float plan and have the proper safety equipment on board with a radio,” said Capt. Anthony Popiel of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville.

The Coast Guard always recommends filling a float plan with a friend or loved one before heading out to sea. The Coast Guard encourages boaters when out on the water to wear a lifejacket.

There were eight to ten foot seas and wind gusts more than 40-miles per hour off shore.

For more information about float plans visit  www.floatplancentral.org

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