Coast Guard Rescues 2 from Capsized Catamaran

TAMPA, Fla. – A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue helicopter crew from Clearwater, Fla., hoisted two people from a capsized catamaran approximately 175 miles southwest of Tampa, Fla., at about 9 p.m. yesterday.

Thomas Galbraith, 60, and his wife Stanna Galbraith, 58, both of Durango, Colo., were sailing from Isla Mujeres, Mexico, to Anclote, Fla., a when their 35-foot catamaran, Paradox, hit a squall and capsized. Salt water activated the Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on board the vessel giving the vessel’s location. The Coast Guard’s Seventh District Command Center in Miami received the signal and launched an Air Station Clearwater C-130 search plane at about 5 p.m. yesterday at to locate the distressed boaters.

The search plane found the capsized vessel at about 6 p.m. and flew overhead until the rescue helicopter could get on scene to hoist the couple.

The rescue helicopter crew arrived on scene at 8:25 p.m. and hoisted the couple into the helicopter. The helicopter arrived safely at Air Station Clearwater at a about 11 p.m. yesterday.

No injuries were reported and the couple refused treatment.

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