Coast Guard, local agencies help rescue stranded teenagers

d7SARASOTA, Fla. — Two teenagers, who were rescued by the Coast Guard after being stranded in the vicinity of the upper Myakka River, were transported to the Sarasota International Airport Saturday night.

Upon arriving at the airport at 11:58 p.m., the teens were evaluated by Emergency Medical Services with no injuries.

The teenagers had been stranded in the vicinity of the upper Myakka River in the Flatford Preserve, approximately 30 miles east of Sarasota. It is unknown at this time how the teenagers arrived at the swamp.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center were notified of the situation by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 7:52 p.m.

The report stated that two teenagers, 15 and 16, were in the swamp and became stranded Friday. Due to their location, they were unable to get out on foot.

The Sarasota Sheriff’s Office launched a helicopter crew who located the two teenagers, however the crew was unable to hoist them.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater was launched at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, to assist in the rescue.

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