Coast Guard rescues man in canoe near Pavilion Key

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — A 71-year-old man was rescued from his canoe at approximately midnight by a Coast Guard Air Station Miami helicopter crew, Friday near Pavilion Key, Fla.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Key West, Fla., received notification from a 911 dispatcher stating another boater in a canoe saw, then lost sight of, a man making signs with a flash light.

An MH65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami responded and located the man who was signaling the aircrew for help.

The crew hoisted the man aboard and brought him to Naples Airport where he was evaluated by emergency medical service technicians.

“It’s important that boaters remember that wearing and maintaining safety equipment like life jackets and personal electronic position indicating radio beacons, can not only save your life, but expedite your rescue,” said Capt. Chris Scraba, Coast Guard Sector Miami commander.

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