The Coast Guard 8th District Command Center in New Orleans relayed the distress to Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders in Miami, and reported the fishing vessel Hawaii Five-1, with two people aboard, was listing and machinery aboard the boat had broken loose.
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, launched a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew along with an HC-130 Hercules aircraft. The Hawaii Five-1 subsequently sank and the Jayhawk crew safely hoisted both individuals from a life raft. Both survivors were transferred to Key West International Airport where local emergency medical services were waiting.
No major medical concerns were reported.