Coast Guard medevacs 2 people after boat strikes buoy

buoy collissionST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard medevaced two people after their 25-foot boat allided with a buoy one mile north of the St. Petersburg Pier, Sunday.

At 11:40 p.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a Mayday call via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16 stating a man and woman had suffered head injuries and needed emergency medical attention after their boat allided with a buoy.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg was launched, arrived on scene and transported the two people to Demen’s Landing, St. Petersburg. Local EMS transported the boaters to Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, for further medical assistance.

The condition of the boaters was unknown at the time of the medevac.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also responded, and has assumed lead on the investigation into the incident.

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