Station Fort Lauderdale rescues 5 from sinking vessel near Haulover Inlet

MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued five boaters from a sinking 20-foot pleasure craft three miles east of Haulover Inlet, Fla., at 12 a.m. Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Miami search-and-rescue coordinators received a call at 11 p.m. reporting that a vessel with five people aboard was taking on water and the boat was slowly sinking.

A 33-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla., immediately launched to assist in the rescue. Station Fort Lauderdale crewmembers removed all five persons aboard from the sinking vessel and transported them to the Haulover Marina boat ramp. Commercial salvage was arranged for the vessel. No injuries were reported.

With National Safe Boating Week kicking off this week (May 22 -28), the Coast Guard reminds all boaters that in the event of a maritime emergency, the use of a float plan, VHF radio, life jackets and an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon are critical on the waterways.

For information on boating safety, please visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/.

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