Coast Guard Rescues 2 disabled boaters near Elliot Key

MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued two men from a disabled boat 25 miles east of Elliot Key, Fla., Friday.

Miami residents Cabrera Leonardo, 48, and Efrain Oses, 44, were reportedly testing out a vessel during a small-craft advisory when their vessel became disabled off Elliot Key. Oses contacted his wife Thursday evening via satellite phone and advised her that they were disabled and if she could not get reach them again in an hour to call the Coast Guard.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami were notified by the wife of Oses about being disabled when she could not reach them again after the hour. The Coast Guard launched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami and diverted the Cutter Sitkinak to their last known location.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. Friday, the crew of the Sitkinak located Leonardo and Oses in reportedly good condition. They were brought aboard the Sitknak due to deteriorating weather and their vessel was put in tow. They will be transferred to a Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., smallboat crew and brought into Base Support Unit Miami.

Th Coast Guard urges mariners to check current and forecasted weather conditions prior to getting underway, and remain aware of changing conditions once on the water. The National Weather Service broadcasts weather conditions throughout the day on VHF channel WX2. Current weather information and advisories can be found on the National Weather Service website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mfl/.

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