Coast Guard rescues 2 people near Cortez, Florida

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Two people were rescued by a Coast Guard crew in the vicinity of the Cortez Bridge after their nine-foot boat capsized, Friday.

A passing motorist contacted 911 and was transferred to watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cortez at approximately 1:30 p.m., where he reported the capsizing.

A 25-foot Response Boat — Small crew from the station arrived on scene at 1:45 p.m., removed the two people from the water, re-righted the boat and towed the boat to Annie’s Bait and Tackle in Bradenton.

No injuries were reported.

“Both people in the water were wearing life jackets, which greatly aided in their survival until the Coast Guard crew could get on scene,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Arrieta, a search and rescue watchstander at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.

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