Coast Guard Station Mayport crews respond to several emergencies during busy holiday weekend

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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Coast Guard boatcrews were busy Saturday responding to several emergencies and patrolling heavily populated waterways in Jacksonville, Florida, alongside Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Mayport, Florida, rescued a 10-year-old boy and two men after the trio’s 21-foot boat became stuck on top of a jetty near Mayport.

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Mayport, Fla., patrols the Intracoastal Waterway near Sister's Creek Bridge in Jacksonville, Florida, Saturday, May 24, 2014, during Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year for boating and for Coast Guard search and rescue crews around the nation. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Mayport, Fla., patrols the Intracoastal Waterway near Sister’s Creek Bridge in Jacksonville, Florida, Saturday, May 24, 2014, during Memorial Day Weekend. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen

The child sustained a minor foot injury during the rescue, and the men were uninjured.

Earlier in the day, the same Coast Guard boatcrew witnessed a personal watercraft hit the stern of a vessel while both were transiting near Little Talbot Island in Jacksonville, Florida. FWC officers also responded to that accident.

A second boatcrew from Station Mayport rescued two men who had been stranded on their 20-foot boat for two days about 40 miles east of St. Augustine, Florida, Saturday morning. The press release with details of that rescue is available here.

Several boaters were taken into custody Saturday for operating their vessels under the influence of alcohol, placing themselves and those around them in unnecessary danger.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest in the nation for boating and for Coast Guard search and rescue crews.

Coast Guardsmen and FWC officers will continue to patrol Jacksonville waterways throughout Memorial Day weekend and will be watching for reckless vessel operators and dangerous activities.

The Coast Guard is reminding boaters that operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol is just as dangerous as driving drunk and will not be tolerated.

Nationwide, alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents in 2013. Coast Guard data shows that in boating deaths involving alcohol use, more than half the victims either capsized their boat or fell overboard.

Alcohol is dangerous for swimmers as well. In 2013, more than 60 percent of drowning deaths occurred after the victim fell off a dock or vessel, and of those, more than one-third were impaired by alcohol at the time of the accident.

Intoxicated boaters and swimmers put themselves and those around them in unnecessary danger.

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