Coast Guard responds to three boats taking on water in the vicinity of Key West, Fla.

Coast Guard District 7 NewsKEY WEST, Fla. – Coast Guard planes, helicopters, cutters and small boat crews responded to three boats taking on water in the vicinity of Key West, Fla., Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West were notified at 5:39 p.m. Saturday of a 43-foot commercial fishing vessel Deep, taking on water with two people 34 miles west of Key West. The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, diverted Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, and launched a Coast Guard Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat Medium and a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew.

Nantucket crewmembers arrived on scene and discovered one person sitting on the hull of the over turned vessel and the other person in the life raft. The two people were rescued by Nantucket crewmembers. No medical concerns were noted.

At 7:44 p.m. Saturday, Sector Key West watchstanders were notified of a 73-foot commercial fishing vessel taking on water 50 miles northwest of Key West. The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, diverted cutter Nantucket and launched an Air Station Miami HC-144 fixed wing aircraft crew. A Good Samaritan aboard the commercial fishing vessel Southern Grace, also responded.

The vessel partially sunk causing the three people aboard to abandon ship and board a life raft. The life raft capsized and the three people entered the water. Two of the three people were rescued by Nantucket crewmembers. One person was rescued by Southern Grace. One of three people rescued sustained minor injuries.

At approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, Sector Key West watchstanders were notified of a 43-foot sailing vessel, Miss Sherry, taking on water 61 miles northwest of Key West. Air Station Miami’s HC-144 fixed wing aircraft crew located and established communications with sailing vessel Miss Sherry. The crew aboard the vessel Miss Sherry stated they were not in distress and requested commercial salvage assistance. Considering Miss Sherry’s distance offshore and the weather conditions, Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke diverted and monitored the situation until commercial salvage assistance arrived. No medical concerns were noted.

“Coast Guard patrol boats like the cutter Nantucket and Ocracoke deliver the Coast Guard’s unique blend of military capability, law enforcement authority and lifesaving expertise wherever needed along the Coast,” said Cmdr. Gary Tomasulo, Deputy Commander, Sector Key West. “I am proud of our highly trained and proficient crews.”

Coast Guard cutters, boats and aircraft are on patrol in every coastal community, saving lives and property, and safeguarding the Nation from threats from the sea.

The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the commercial fishing vessels taking on water.

Coast Guard Cutters Nantucket and Cutter Ocracoke are 110-foot Island-class Patrol Boats homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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2 Comments

  1. Wayne VO says:

    Article serves as great reminder that Thanksgiving is not just about turkeys and shopping! “Semper Paratus”!

  2. Cathy A Luce says:

    I’m so proud of our USCG; Back in Chicago in the late ’80’s I’d tried to join the USCG, after TWA f/a’s were fired by Carl Icahn(new owner) during a strike. We were off for 2 1/2 yrs. of which I decided to go from air to sea.I was TOO OLD !! 34 …anyway I’m NOW a proud member of the USCGAUX Flotilla 41 at Port Ludlow WA.;
    Any way to find the name of the owner of The Miss Sherry ??
    Thanks, and God Bless our United States Coast Guard!!