Good Samaritan, Coast Guard rescue 3 from capsized boat near East Pass in Destin

D8 LogoMOBILE, Ala. — A good Samaritan and a Coast Guard boatcrew rescued three people from a capsized boat near East Pass offshore Destin, Fla., Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Destin received a call at 12:55 p.m. that a 22-foot center console vessel capsized with three people aboard just outside of East Pass.

Station Destin launched a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew and were on scene in fewer than 10 minutes. Upon arrival, the good Samaritan recovered two of the three while the Coast Guard crew embarked the third person.

All three people were transported back to the station to awaiting emergency medical services personnel. EMS took all three to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Medical Center, where one was treated for symptoms of shock.

“Because these mariners had their required safety gear and were wearing their life jackets, we were able to provide timely assistance and avoid a worse outcome,” said Lt. j.g. Bradley Parker, Coast Guard Sector Mobile.

The Coast Guard advises all mariners and boaters to always wear a life jacket, since there is little if any time to don a life jacket when an accident occurs. Life jackets increase the chances of survival and enhance your visibility to first responders.

The Coast Guard would also like to remind mariners to have a VHF-FM marine-band radio on board their boat. If you are in distress, you can reach the Coast Guard on marine-band channel 16, the distress channel. The Coast Guard, other rescue agencies and other boaters monitor marine-band radios 24/7, which increases the number of people who can respond. Though cell phones are better than no communication device at all, they tend to have gaps in coverage while on the water and have limited battery life.

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