Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat capsizes west of Cedar Key

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

USCG File Photo

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday from a Sea Tow boat 26 miles west of Cedar Key.

At 11:04 p.m. Friday watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from a man aboard a Sea Tow boat stating he was beset by weather, his tow line to a 33-foot fishing boat broke, and he was in need of emergency assistance.

A 27-foot Response Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater were launched, and the area’s Marine Emergency Response Team was activated.

The boat crew arrived on scene but was unable to safely place the 33-foot fishing boat in tow. The boat crew remained on scene until another Sea Tow boat arrived.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at 12:19 a.m. Saturday hoisted the two men from the capsized hull of their boat and transported them to Air Station Clearwater.

No injuries were reported.

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