6 men from capsized vessel rescued by good Samaritan

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsFORT. MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Six men were rescued by a good Samaritan after their boat capsized 30 miles west of Sanibel Island, Fla., Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received a report from a good Samaritan aboard the sailing vessel Dream Time, that he found and rescued six people in the water at approximately 10 a.m., Saturday.

The men were found clinging to the hull of their 23-foot center console boat.

The owner of the capsized boat stated the men departed on a fishing trip late Friday night and arrived at a preplanned location at approximately 2 a.m., Saturday. Almost immediately upon their arrival, the vessel reportedly took a large wave over the bow, which caused the boat to capsize and left the men unable to radio a distress call.

The men took turns sitting on the hull of the boat until help arrived.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ft. Myers Beach rendezvoused with the good Samaritan and embarked all six survivors. The men were transported back to the station where local emergency medical personnel were waiting.

One survivor was reported to be mildly hypothermic and had minor cuts.

All six men were reported to be wearing their life jackets.

“These men are very lucky to be alive,” said Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert Wood, a command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg. “Had they filed a float plan and had emergency equipment on board, like an emergency-position indicating radio beacon, we would have been able to locate them quickly. The fact that they were all wearing life jackets and they stayed together with their boat increased their chances of staying alive.”

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