Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue 8 people from water

The Coast Guard Cutter William Flores stands by to assist as two commercial salvage boatcrews assist the 65-foot motor vessel, Siempre Sonando, that was taking on water approximately 14 miles east of North Miami Beach Friday, March 30, 2018. Coast Guard watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon and a distress call over VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the motor vessel stating they were abandoning ship with eight people. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Williams Flores

The Coast Guard Cutter William Flores stands by to assist as two commercial salvage boatcrews assist the 65-foot motor vessel, Siempre Sonando, March 30, 2018.U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Williams Flores

MIAMI — Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued eight people Friday after their 65-foot motor vessel, Siempre Sonando, was taking on water approximately 14 miles east of North Miami Beach.

Coast Guard watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon and a distress call over VHF-FM radio channel 16 at approximately 10:17 a.m., from the motor vessel stating they were abandoning ship with eight people. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast to alert nearby mariners.

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, Coast Guard Stations Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach 45-foot Response Boat—Medium boatcrews, the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores crew and a Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Department boatcrew launched to assist.

The helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at 11:30 a.m., and located the eight people in an inflatable tender. The fire-rescue crew arrived on scene, safely embarked and transported six people to Haulover Marina.

The cutter Flores crew remained on scene to assist while the other two people remained aboard the motor vessel until a commercial salvage crew arrived on scene and took the Siempre Sonando in tow with the two people.

There were no reported injuries.

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