Coast Guard Station Fort Myers responds to grounded vessel

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Coast Guard Station Fort Myers crew assisted in the response of a small recreational vessel at 9:20 p.m., Thursday, just south of Big Shell Island.

Upon receiving a call from the motor vessel Sanibel Princess at approximately 9:00 p.m., stating a red flare had been sighted near the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, Coast Guard Fort Myers crews worked in conjunction with Sector St. Petersburg to create a search action plan.

At approximately 9:05 p.m., Fort Myers crewmembers launched a 33-foot response boat to search the Sector-determined area. At 9:25 p.m., just south of Big Shell Island, the crew located a small boat aground with two people onboard.

After Fort Myers crewmembers determined all aboard the recreational vessel were safe, a Sea Tow commercial vessel proceeded to free the grounded vessel.

The Coast Guard was able to quickly determine an accurate search location due in part to the individuals in the grounded boat being prepared with emergency response equipment. The Coast Guard recommends mariners file a float plan with a family member or friend, have emergency equipment on board, including an EPIRB, and wear lifejackets.

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  1. Rousseau James LeDoux,Jr. says:

    Greeting Coasties,
    My name is Rousseau LeDoux,Jr. I want all you to know that my wife & I keep all members of the Ft.Myers Coast Guard in our prayers. And that every time the Coast Guard is called on that Gods Angels are with them to guide and protect them.
    I have a special reason for this my son Darren O. LeDoux is stationed there.
    I will pray the Coast Guard prayer daily for your station and for his former shipmates on the U.S.C.G.Cushing. Also for all of our men and women serving in all branches of the service.
    God Bless Rousseau