St. Petersburg Coast Guard Rescues 2 Near Egmont Key

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A Coast Guard rescue crew from Station St. Petersburg rescued two stranded boaters near Egmont Key shortly before noon Wednesday, almost 20 hours after their boat began taking on water.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 10:45 a.m., reporting they had found Ronaldo Puig, 40, floating in an inflatable raft near Egmont Key. Puig was reported to be wearing a life vest.

Puig told PCSO deputies he had attempted to swim to shore after his 17-foot boat began taking on water near Egmont Key at approximately 5 p.m., Tuesday. Puig also stated that Craig Platt, 42, and his wife, Alysa Platt, 40, were still with the anchored boat.

The Coast Guard immediately launched a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Cortez, in Bradenton, Fla., an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a C-130 search plane from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., to begin searching.

Members from a PCSO Marine Unit, Manatee County Marine Unit and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also assisted with the search.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., a crew from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg rescued Alysa and Craig Platt from the boat nearly one mile west of Egmont Key.

Puig and the Platts were taken to the Fort Desoto State Park boat ramp, in St. Petersburg, where they were transferred to emergency medical services.

“The communication between agencies greatly influenced the timely response and rescue of these three people,” said Chief Petty Officer Paul R. Angelillo, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “The Coast Guard cannot stress enough to boaters the importance of filing a float plan and bringing the necessary safety equipment with them to help in times of distress.”

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