Coast Guard Rescues Three

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – A Coast Guard rescue crew saved three men and their boat today after their vessel began to take on water approximately 13-miles east of Port Canaveral today at 7:28 a.m.

Chad Younggreen, 30, of Apopka, Fla., was piloting his 22-foot recreational fishing vessel with Anthony Hurd, 36, of Orlando and Charles Hurd, 32, of Winter Park, Fla., when the vessel’s outboard motor began having mechanical problems and the vessel started to take on water.

The three called the Coast Guard for help because their vessel was taking on water fast. Rescue coordinators from Sector Jacksonville, Fla., launched a rescue boat from Station Port Canaveral and a rescue helicopter from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., to assist foundering vessel.

The rescue crew from Station Port Canaveral arrived at the vessel’s position first and began dewatering the vessel using a dewatering pump. The helicopter crew turned back once the rescue boat crew got the flooding under control.

With the vessel safe from sinking, the rescue boat crew towed the 22-foot vessel with the three men aboard to Sunrise Marina in Port Canaveral.

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  1. Anthony Hurd says:

    Hello, my name is Anthony Hurd and I would like to personally thank the United Sates Coast Guard from the depths of my soul for displaying true professionalism, leadership and dedication to saving lives on the open water. Each and every one of you are true American heroes!!!

    As you may be fully aware, this past Friday, April 25th my two brothers, Chad Younggreen, Charles Hurd and I decided to go offshore fishing out of Port Canaveral for my birthday which was the previous day. We have been serious fishermen since our dads’ first Grady white in 1984 and have been out countless times exploring the beautiful and relentless Atlantic Ocean.

    However, on this day, at approximately 7:30am, twelve miles east of the Port Canaveral inlet we encountered a big problem on our boat. The transom was breaking from the boat leaving a six inch gash where water was beginning to fill the boat at a very rapid pace. At any point, the engine looked as though it would break off and leave a huge gaping hole in the back of the boat in seas approximately six feet. At this point, I made a distress call to the US Coast Guard in Port Canaveral for help. The rescue coordinators in Jacksonville and the station in Port Canaveral that were involved that day had everything to do with saving our lives! This is something that I do not take lightly due to the fact you saved a family of brothers that were also fathers, sons, and husbands. I hope these individuals as well as others have any opportunity to share in my deepest gratitude for what each and every one of you do for the people of the United States of America. I cannot be more thankful and proud of this branch of US Homeland Security.

    In speaking to you today, I decided to do more research about the Coast Guard and have recognized the hard work and dedication that you place on protecting our waters. At the very least, I will have conversations with everyone I know of the importance of this branch and what you mean to the United State of America. You are true American heroes, and again, my utmost appreciation to each and every one of you.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony S. Hurd
    Chad Younggreen
    Charles Hurd