Coast Guard assists 5 near Tampa Bay Skyway Bridge

A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot Response Boat—Medium boatcrew assisted five people on a vessel taking on water near the Tampa Bay Skyway Bridge Sept. 29, 2019. The crew provided assistance dewatering the 25-foot vessel and escorted them back to safety. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Crowton.)

A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg boatcrew assisted five people on a vessel taking on water near the Tampa Bay Skyway Bridge Sept. 29, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Crowton.)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard assisted five people on a vessel taking on water near the Tampa Bay Skyway Bridge Sunday afternoon.

A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew arrived on scene and provided assistance dewatering the 25-foot vessel and escorted them safely back to EG Simmons Regional Park in Tampa, Florida.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a distress call at approximately 11:00 a.m., relayed from Coast Guard Station Cortez that the vessel was flooding in the stern, which was caused by a cracked transom.


“The mariners quick thinking to come up on plane and to contact the Coast Guard prevented this from being a much worse situation,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Crowton, coxswain of the boatcrew.


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