Coast Guard Rescues Two in Canoe

YANKEETOWN, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued two men from a beige, 16-foot canoe about one mile west of the mouth of the Waccasassa River near Yankeetown, Fla., at about 1:30 p.m. today.

Brothers Ronald Thomas, 40, and Russel Thomas, 47, both of Gulf Hammock, Fla., were fishing last night at about 11 p.m. when their ganoe was carried from shore by the tide. Ronald Thomas called his girlfriend at about 6:30 a.m. today, and she called Coast Guard Station Yankeetown at 11:30 a.m. today reporting the boaters in distress.

A Coast Guard Station Yankeetown 18-foot response boat, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HH-60 rescue helicopter, from Clearwater, Fla., two Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine units, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and two Good Samaritans began searching the area at about 12 p.m. today.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew located the Thomas’ at 1:21 p.m. today. Coast Guard Station Yankeetown rescue crew arrived on scene at 1:24 p.m. and towed the distressed boaters to the Waccasassa River Boat Ramp at about 2 :30 p.m.

No medical concerns have been reported.

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