Coast Guard rescues 4 boaters near Marathon, Fla.

Coast Guard District 7 NewsMIAMI — A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Marathon, Fla., rescued four boaters Sunday morning near Marathon who had been treading water for approximately 20 hours.

The four boaters – among them a 4-year-old girl – were from a group of eight boaters whose boat sank shortly after noon Saturday.

The Station Marathon boatcrew transferred the four rescued boaters to awaiting EMS personnel at Captain Hook’s Marina and Dive Center in Marathon.

Three of the eight boaters were picked up by a good Samaritan. One of the eight boaters, an 80-year-old woman, reportedly drowned and did not resurface.

According to an initial report, the boaters were not all wearing lifejackets.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assisted in the rescue and is investigating the incident.

SeaTow Marathon and TowBoat Marathon also assisted in the rescue.

For information on boating safety, please visit www.uscgboating.org.

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  1. Scott Wittrig says:

    Who goes out boating when there are 7’+ seas and a small craft advisory in a 22 foot boat. Taking a 4 year old and an 80 year old and not putting life jackets on them is wrong. everyone on that boast should have worn a life vest at all times due to weather. I would have had one on.