Coast Guard rescues five men near Anclote Key

ANCLOTE KEY, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued five boaters Tuesday at about 10:30 a.m., after their vessel began taking on water 31 miles west of Anclote Key, Fla.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received a mayday call on VHF Ch. 16 at 10:11 a.m. from a member aboard a white 21-foot, Key Largo vessel reporting that their boat was taking on water with five people aboard.

The Coast Guard diverted an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and a 47-foot motor-life-boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, in Clearwater that were training in the vicinity of the sinking vessel. The rescue helicopter crew safely hoisted all five men into the helicopter and transferred them to Air Station Clearwater.

All five men were reported to be wearing lifejackets and no injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard was able to quickly respond to the individuals in distress due in part to the vessel being prepared with emergency response equipment. The Coast Guard recommends mariners to file a float plan with a family member or friend, have emergency equipment on board, including an EPIRB and VHF marine radio, and wear the appropriate lifejackets.

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