Coast Guard rescues 58-year-old man from water near Pine Island Sound, Fla.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 58-year-old man was rescued by the Coast Guard after his 26-foot boat capsized in the Intracoastal Waterway near Pine Island Sound, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach watchstanders received a call from Sea Tow at 5:54 p.m., reporting the man had contacted them via cellular phone communicating he could not pull his anchor due to the sea state and was taking on water from the stern of his boat.

A 45-Foot Response Boat — Medium crew from the station arrived on scene approximately 20 minutes later and witnessed the boat capsizing and the man fall into the water.

Crewmembers quickly removed him from the water and transported him back to the station in good condition.

“The Coast Guard wants to remind boaters to always check the weather before leaving the dock,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Miller, a crewmember at the station. “Weather can deteriorate quickly putting boaters in harms way.”

Additionally, The Coast Guard wants to remind boaters to carry a VHF-FM marine radio. In the event of an emergency, contact the Coast Guard on channel 16. Cellular phones often loose signal and run out of batteries after a day on the water. They are helpful, but not reliable for emergencies.

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