Coast Guard assists vessel 25 miles west of Hernando Beach, Florida

Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft file photo

Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft file photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard assisted three people on a vessel taking on water 25 miles west of Hernando Beach, Florida, Saturday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules aircraft aircrew dropped a life raft to three people sitting on the hull of the capsized 26-foot Seafox and hailed vessels nearby for assistance.

Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders received a report from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center of an emergency GPS tracking device after it was activated. The aircrew diverted from training and located the vessel.

A good Samaritan was able to pick up the three people and return them to Crystal River, Florida.


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