Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue five people near Boynton Beach

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat -Medium file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Lester)

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat -Medium file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Lester)

MIAMI — The Coast Guard, with the help of a good Samaritan, rescued five people from the water Saturday approximately four miles east of Lower Boynton Beach, Florida.

Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a report at approximately 9:24 a.m. of a 31-foot pleasure craft with five people aboard rapidly taking on water.

Watchstander launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to the scene and Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet also launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew. Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission also responded.

A good Samaritan aboard the sailing vessel Palm Breeze arrived on scene and retrieved the five people from the water. The boat was completely submerged. The good Samaritan transferred the people to the Lake Worth Inlet boatcrew who took them back to the station.

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