Coast Guard rescues three people after their boat capsizes

Coast Guard District 7 NewsMANATEE, Fla. — A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Cortez rescued three people in the water after their boat capsized in the vicinity of Longboat Pass, Fla., Saturday evening.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg were notified by a good Samaritan on land that he had the capsized vessel and three people in sight. Simultaneously, the captain of the capsized 17-foot vessel called Station Cortez with his cell phone while holding onto the vessels hull.

A Station Cortez boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small was in the vicinity and immediately diverted to the scene. The RB-S crew arrived on scene and rescued the three people from the water and transferred them to Coquina Boat Ramp, Fla., where local EMS was waiting.

All three rescued were wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners wear life jackets at all times while underway since many accidents occur quickly and unexpectedly. It is also highly encouraged to have a working VHF radio and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon on board. In this case the survivors cell phone was a reliable means of communication as well.

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