Coast Guard rescues 2 fisherman after boat sinks

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cortez, Fla., rescues two fishermen in a life raft after their 37-foot commercial fishing boat sinks, 51 miles northwest of Boca Grande, Fla., Monday, March 7, 2016. The St. Petersburg, Florida, fishermen utilized an EPIRB, strobe light and flares to signal rescue crews to their location. (U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Gaub)

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cortez, Fla., rescues two fishermen in a life raft after their 37-foot commercial fishing boat sank Monday, March 7, 2016.(U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Gaub)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued two St. Petersburg fishermen after their 37-foot boat sank 52 miles northwest of Boca Grande, Florida, early Monday.

At 2:27 a.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, received multiple Mayday calls via marine radio VHF-FM channel 16 from the captain of the commercial fishing boat, Ruby-D, stating his boat was sinking, and, along with his crewmember, was abandoning ship.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Cortez, Florida, were launched to the last known location of the activated EPIRB. The boat crew arrived on scene at approximately 4:25 a.m., spotted a strobe light in the distance and quickly located the fishermen in a liferaft nearby.

The fishermen reported having stepped into the life raft just as the boat sank, and used a strobe light and flares to help signal the rescue crews to their location.

“These two men were quick to react to a life threatening situation,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Gaub, the coxswain aboard the RB-M. “They utilized all the correct safety equipment including an EPIRB, strobe light and flares which helped our search ten-fold.”

The RB-M crew brought both fishermen aboard and transported them safely back to Station Cortez.

There were no reported injuries.

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