Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking catamaran

25-JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Coast Guard boatcrew rescued two people from a sinking catamaran in the Intracoastal Waterway, off the coast of Jacksonville, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received the initial call at approximately 4:30 p.m., reporting that a 41-foot catamaran was taking on water as a result of striking the south jetty of the St. Johns River Intracoastal Waterway.

A Coast Guard boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat — Small was launched to assist. The crew removed both people aboard the sinking boat and later transferred them to a Florida Fish and Wildlife crew that arrived on scene.

The incident is under investigation by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The catamaran is currently not a hazard to navigation and is being salvaged by Tow Boat U.S.

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