Coast Guard Rescues Palm Beach Man Near Lake Worth Inlet

MIAMI – Coast Guard search and rescue crews from Station Lake Worth Inlet, Fla., rescued a 58-year-old man from a 28-foot sailing vessel approximately eight miles south of Lake Worth Inlet foundering early Thursday morning.

Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators at Station Lake Worth Inlet received a cellular phone call at 2:40 a.m. from the wife of John Fares, of West Palm Beach, Fla., stating the boat her husband was operating was taking on water near Lake Worth Inlet. The Coast Guard established communication with Fares through cellular phone, learning there was two feet of water in the boat and that he needed assistance.

Coast Guard crews from Air Station Miami and Station Lake Worth Inlet launched to assist Fares. The small boat crew from Lake Worth Inlet arrived on scene and provided Fares a dewatering pump. The small-boat crew, along with Fares, salvaged the sailing vessel and escorted the vessel to Cracker Boy Marina in Lake Worth.

Fares believes the source of the flooding was somewhere in the vessel’s engine room.

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