Coast Guard responding to flooding boat with 3 people aboard off St. Augustine

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A Coast Guard boatcrew is assisting three adults aboard a 24-foot vessel, which was rapidly taking on water and in danger of sinking about 20 miles east of St. Augustine Inlet, Fla., Saturday morning.

The boaters, all wearing life jackets, were using buckets to bail water out of their recreational vessel, Attitude, while they waited for responders to arrive.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville were notified the mariners were in trouble when they used their VHF-FM marine radio to call for help at 9:53 a.m.

A boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Mayport in Atlantic Beach, Fla., arrived on scene and used a dewatering pump to get the flooding under control. The Coast Guardsmen are towing the Attitude to Villano Boat Ramp in St. Augustine.

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to use a VHF-FM marine radio as a primary means of distress notification since radios are more reliable than cell phones in the marine environment and offshore where cell phone signal may be spotty. Other nearby boaters may also hear radio broadcasts and offer assistance faster than response agencies.

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