Coast Guard boatcrew assisting flooding boat

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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Ponce De Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is assisting three boaters whose vessel began taking on water 25 miles northeast of Ponce De Leon Inlet Wednesday.

At 10:28 a.m., the men reported the hull of their 23-foot vessel, Mo Money, was cracked, and they were able to make a temporary patch using a life jacket to control the flooding but feared the patch would not hold once they began transiting to shore.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon Inlet immediately launched and arrived on scene at noon. Two of the men were transferred to the Coast Guard vessel, and one of the Coast Guardsmen went aboard the Mo Money with a de-watering pump. The Coast Guard boatcrew is currently escorting the Mo Money to Ponce De Leon Inlet, and the de-watering pump is being used to control incoming water on the Mo Money.

Both vessels were expected to arrive at Lighthouse Boat Yard in Ponce Inlet about 2:45 p.m.

No injuries have been reported.

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