CORTEZ, Fla. — Three people were rescued by a Coast Guard crew in the vicinity of Long Boat Pass after their 19-foot boat began taking on water, Monday.
Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, watchstanders received a 911 transfer from a good Samaritan on scene at approximately 7:15 p.m., reporting the vessel was aground and was over turned. He also reported all three people donned life jackets once the vessel began taking on water.
A 29-foot Response Boat Small II crew from Coast Guard Station Cortez arrived on scene, pulled all three people out of the water, re-righted the vessel and towed it to Coquina Bayside South boat ramp.
“When we arrived on scene, they all had life jackets on in case the situation deteriorated,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Bartholomew Sullivan, the officer of the day at the station. “With summer starting, we want to remind all boaters to wear their life jackets, it can help save your life.”
There were no injuries reported.