Coast Guard Rescues Commercial Mariners

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Coast Guard boat crew rescued two commercial mariners off the coast of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., about one-half-mile north of Mickler’s Landing at approximately 6 p.m.

Curtis Tucker, 44, and Randy Olson, 65, of Jacksonville, Fla., were working on a Tow Boat US vessel hauling in tackle that Tow Boat US used earlier in the week to free a sailing vessel that had run aground in Ponte Vedra Beach last month when the tackle apparently was too heavy and caused their vessel to flip.

A Good Samaritan on the beach saw the two men on the vessel and contacted Coast Guard rescue coordinators at Sector Jacksonville at approximately 5:15 p.m. Rescue coordinators launched a Coast Guard rescue boat crew from Station Mayport, Fla., to assist the mariners. Rescue coordinators also requested the assistance of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Fire-Rescue and St. Johns County Fire-Rescue. JSO Jacksonville Fire-Rescue and St. Johns County Fire-Rescue also launched units to assist the men.

The Coast Guard rescue boat crew arrived at Olson and Tucker’s position and pulled the men to safety. The boat crew transported the men back to Station Mayport where they are in good condition.

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