2 Men Rescued After Sailing Vessel Demasted

AMI – The Coast Guard rescued two men in Florida Bay approximately 20-miles south of Everglades City, Fla., after receiving an alert from an emergency transponder at 6:30 a.m. today.

After receiving the report, the Coast Guard immediately launched a rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.

The helicopter’s crew located the two men in distress at approximately 7:50 a.m.

The helicopter’s rescue swimmer was deployed and conducted a health check of the men before hoisting them.

The two uninjured men were taken to Marathon Airport, Fla., and released.

According to the men, their vessel lost its mast in rough weather Monday evening, but they rode out the adverse weather until sun rise today when they decided to set off their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.

“This demonstrates the importance of proper safety equipment, especially an EPIRB,” said Mr. Luis Diaz, the Seventh Coast Guard District’s deputy public affairs officer. “This is an example of what happens when a boater takes all of the proper safety precautions to ensure their safety while boating.”

The two men were wearing life jackets.

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