Coast Guard rescues 3 near Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsTARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — Three people were rescued by the Coast Guard seven miles west of Tarpon Springs near Tarpons Springs boat wreck after they capsized Friday.

A member aboard the recreational boat contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at 10:40 a.m., via VHF-FM channel 16 radio reporting they were taking on water and were in need of assistance.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene and found all three people clinging to the overturned boat. The Jayhawk crew hoisted all three people and transported them to Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater at 11:30 a.m., in good condition with no medical concerns.

“We were already in the air when we received the mayday call with their position, then it went silent,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jake Ylitalo, a crewmember aboard the Jayhawk. “We were able to get on scene and get them out of the water quickly, because they had that radio on board.”

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