Coast Guard rescues nine people after boat hits Clearwater Pass Jetty

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued nine people after their boat allided with the Clearwater Pass Jetty, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report at approximately 3 a.m., from a good Samaritan on the motor vessel Absolute Escape, that a 21-foot pleasure craft with nine people on board struck the Clearwater Pass Jetty at a high speed resulting in all nine persons being ejected into the water.

At 3:06 a.m., Sector St. Petersburg issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to mariners and at 3:10 a.m., Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla., launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water boat crew to the scene.

Once on scene at 3:18 a.m., the Coast Guard boat crew found all nine survivors sitting on the jetty. Many of the survivors reported medical concerns.

The Coast Guard took eight survivors onto their boat and transported them back to Station Sand Key where local emergency medical personnel (EMS) were waiting to take them to Morton Plant Hospital and Largo Medical.

The owner/operator of the vessel remained behind and was picked up on the beach by an EMS land unit and taken to Morton Plant Hospital.

Towboat U.S., is working to salvage the vessel.

FWC is investigating the cause of the incident.

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