Coast Guard responds to boat collision in Key West

Tactical Boat Training by Coast Guard Station Key WestKEY WEST, Fla. – Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission personnel responded to a boat collision south of Stock Island, Fla., Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West were notified at approximately 7:15 p.m. Tuesday of a collision between the commercial fishing vessel Pirate’s Pride, an 85-foot stern trawler, and an anchored 17-foot recreational vessel. As a result of the collision, the recreational vessel sank and the four people aboard went into the water. Two boat crews from Coast Guard Station Key West were immediately launched.

The crew of the Pirate’s Pride immediately recovered three of the four people from the water. The fourth person was recovered by the Coast Guard smallboat crew. No injuries were reported.

Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are conducting an investigation into the collision.

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