30 people and 1 dog rescued after boat capsizes off Miami

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Thirty people and one dog have been rescued from the water by multiple first response agencies and good Samaritans after a 45-foot catamaran capsized near the Miami Sea Aquarium Sunday evening.

There are no reports of any deaths or serious injuries at this time.

Agencies responding to the scene included:

  • Coast Guard Station Miami Beach
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Miami Fire Department
  • Miami Beach Police Department
  • Miami Dade Fire Rescue
  • Sea Tow Miami

Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report of the capsized vessel and numerous people in the water from a good Samaritan at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Watchstanders diverted 45-foot and 33-foot response boatcrews and multiple marine units from partner agencies in the area to the scene.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami was also launched to assist in the search.

“The interagency cooperation between the responding agencies and good Samaritans in the area was incredible and allowed us to quickly rescue 30 people from the water in a matter of minutes,” said Lt. Mike Cortese, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Miami Beach.

The catamaran is partially submerged 6-8 feet of water and is partially exposed.  Mariners in the area are urged to exercise caution.

FWC officials are investigating the cause of the capsizing.

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