Coast Guard, local agencies responding to reported boat collision new Dry Tortugas, Florida

d7MIAMI — Coast Guard and local partner agencies are searching for a person in the water after a reported boat collision in the vicinity of Dry Tortugas, Florida early Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th District Headquarters in Miami received an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert at approximately 2 a.m. from a fishing vessel in the vicinity of Dry Tortugas.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry Aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boatcrews responded to the GPS location.

FWC crews arrived on scene and located a partially submerged fishing vessel and a damaged fishing vessel as a result of a collision. Two people were reported to be in the water after the collision. One person was pulled to safety by a good Samaritan. He was not wearing a life jacket and was reported to have no medical concerns. It is unknown at this time whether the missing boater was wearing any type of personal floatation device.

Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida has issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast urging boaters to keep a sharp lookout for the missing person. An MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Miami was launched. Additionally, the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca and Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark were launched to the scene to search for the missing boater.

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