Coast Guard Auxiliary rescues 2 from Biscayne Bay

MIAMI – The Coast Guard Auxiliary rescued two men from the water near their partially-submerged vessel Sunday at approximately 7:15 p.m. two miles east of Black Point Marina in Key Biscayne, Fla.

A search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Miami received notification from Sea Tow, Palm Beach, Fla., that a vessel was taking on water with two people aboard in Biscayne Bay. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HH-65C Helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Auxiliary small-boat crew were launched to search for the persons in the water.

HH-65C Helicopter crewmembers located a man and woman in the water, both of whom were wearing life jackets and notified the Coast Guard Auxiliary of their position. Auxiliary crewmembers arrived on scene and brought the two safely aboard their vessel.

Both individuals are in good condition awaiting transfer to a commercial salvage vessel.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to check your safety gear to ensure it works properly, file a float plan, remember to wear your lifejackets, make sure you have flares and a working VHF-FM marine radio on board. A float plan form can be found at www.d7publicaffairs.com.

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