Coast Guard rescues 54 people aboard disabled vessel near New Smyrna

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard is towing a disabled 85-foot charter fishing vessel with 54 people aboard into New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Sunday evening.

Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, Fla., crewmembers are towing the Pastime Princess, a deep-sea fishing party vessel, with the station’s 47-foot motor-life boat.The vessel reportedly lost power and became completely disabled approximately seven miles northeast of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Coast Guard station crewmembers received a radio distress call from the vessel at approximately 5:20 p.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners, professional and recreational, that being prepared in case of an emergency can save lives. Developing and following a plan can greatly improve the chances of a successful rescue during an emergency situation.

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