Coast Guard assists, good Samaritan rescues 2 boaters off Knight Key

Coast Guard crewmembers transferred two boaters from this capsized 15-foot boat to Coast Guard Station Marathon, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 after a good Samaritan pulled the boaters from the water in Knight Key, Florida. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard crewmembers transferred two boaters from this capsized 15-foot boat to Coast Guard Station Marathon, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

MIAMI — Coast Guard crewmembers transferred two boaters Monday to Coast Guard Station Marathon after they were rescued by a good Samaritan from a sinking boat off Knight Key.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received notification at 10:18 a.m. from Harry Demlang, a good Samaritan, stating a 15-foot boat with two people aboard capsized. Watchstanders launched a 33-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew from Station Marathon.

The crew arrived at 10:38 a.m. to find Demlang recovered the two people from the water. The Coast Guard boatcrew embarked the two people and transferred them to Station Marathon at approximately 11 a.m.

“Good Samaritans are always appreciated. We want anyone who can assist in emergency situations to do so, it helps us out greatly,” said Fireman Nicholas Sweet, crewmember at Station Marathon. “Also, having the required safety equipment aboard definitely played a big role in their rescue.”

There were no reports of injuries and the boat owners are working on salvage operations.

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