Coast Guard, Navy rescue 3 from water 10 miles west of Clearwater Pass

U.S. Navy Research Vessel Sea Fighter (FSF 1) file photo by Mr. John F. Williams

U.S. Navy Research Vessel Sea Fighter (FSF 1) file photo by Mr. John F. Williams

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard and Navy rescued three people from the water Saturday after their vessel began taking on water 10 miles west of Clearwater Pass.

At 12:15 p.m., Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a 911 relay of a vessel taking on water with three people aboard.

Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and a Coast Guard Station Sand Key 29-foot Response Boat-Small (RB-S) crew launched to assist.

While the boat crew was en route, the Navy research vessel Sea Fighter, responded to the UMIB, recovered the boaters from the water and transferred them to the RB-S.

The RB-S crew transported the boaters to Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp where Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members were waiting.

There were no reported injuries.

“Our partnerships out on the water greatly improve rescue and response efforts,” said Capt. Matthew Thompson, commander, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “We are grateful the Navy crew was able to locate the boaters swiftly and pull them to safety.”


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