Coast Guard medically evacuates man in Manatee River

7th Coast Guard District NewsBRADENTON, Fla. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated one person from the water in the vicinity of Manatee River, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received a VHF radio transmission from the captain of a 35-foot cabin cruiser with 11 people aboard at 10:30 p.m., Friday, stating that his vessel struck channel marker eight on Manatee River resulting in two people being thrown off the vessel and into the water, one of whom was recovered by the vessel.

A Coast Guard Station Cortez 25-foot Response Boat-Small was launched to respond to the incident.

The response boat crew safely stabilized the 24-year-old male with suspected head and spinal injuries and transported him to 59th St. Boat Ramp where local emergency medical services personnel were waiting.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters the importance of using extreme caution, especially when navigating at night as it becomes much harder to see, increasing the chances of boating accidents that may not occur during daylight.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident.

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