Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket returns survivors to Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Three boaters who were rescued by the Coast Guard Monday evening, after their 30-foot sailing vessel suffered engine failure 80 miles west of Tampa, arrived at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Tuesday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, returned to the sector at 5 p.m. with all three survivors.

The initial distress started when their vessel lost power early Monday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District in Miami received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon distress signal at 8:50 a.m. Monday. A good Samaritan arrived on scene with the sailing vessel at approximately 9:30 a.m. and relayed information to the watchstanders.

Cleveland Fair (middle), a 74-year-old resident of Mandeville, La., thanks the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., for rescuing him at Sector St. Petersburg, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The Nantucket crew rescued Fair and his two friends Nov. 4 after their engine failed 80 miles west of Tampa, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse)

Cleveland Fair (middle), a 74-year-old resident of Mandeville, La., thanks the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., for rescuing him at Sector St. Petersburg, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse

“It’s a good thing they had a working EPIRB with them,” said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Vess, a search and rescue coordinator at the sector. “Being 80 miles offshore, it was the only method they could alert the Coast Guard of their distress.”

An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater was launched to the location of distressed mariners. Once on scene, the Jayhawk’s crew spotted the sailing vessel Grateful with three people aboard.

The Nantucket crew was launched at approximately 11 a.m., arrived on scene at 5:30 p.m., and took the vessel in tow.

There are no injuries or medical concerns to report.

“I’m doing fine now,” said Cleveland Fair, a 74-year-old resident of Mandeville, La. “Since the Coast Guard arrived and picked us up, we all have been doing great.”

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  1. paul says:

    To my fellow brothers and sisters,it’s an honor to say thank you for the outstanding works and sacrifice that you guys have made to protect our coast and save lives at the same times,

    Sincerely

    Paul clermont