Coast Guard rescues three people after vessel capsizes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued three people from the Halifax River near Daytona Beach Saturday at approximately 10:20 a.m. after strong winds caused a 16-foot Mitzi Skiff flats boat to capsize.

Rescued were Carlton Seth, 30, Travis Ward, 31, and Jordan Wintz, 30, all residents of Port Orange, Fla.

A good Samaritan spotted the three men in the water at approximately 9:50 a.m. and contacted the Volusia County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department, who relayed the distress to the Coast Guard.

A 25-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, Fla., rescued the three men from the water and transported them to Dunlawton Boat Ramp where they were evaluated by awaiting emergency medical personnel.

All three men were reported to suffer slight hypothermic symptoms.

The three survivors were not wearing lifejackets when their vessel capsized. An unexpected head injury or disorientation may have resulted in a tragic ending to this rescue. The Coast Guard strongly suggests that all mariners wear a lifejacket to greatly increase the chance of survival during an emergency.

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