Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters near Port Everglades

MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters from a capsized vessel Sunday afternoon about six miles off Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale watchstanders received the initial notification from a friend of the boaters around 10 a.m. stating their 16-foot pleasure craft was sinking. The friend of the boaters, however, did not know where the boat was.

The Coast Guard immediately launched a smallboat crew from Station Fort Lauderdale, and diverted an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami to search for the boaters in distress.

The Dolphin helicopter crew located the boaters, who were wearing their life jackets, clinging to the hull of their capsized vessel at 1:18 p.m.

The Station Fort Lauderdale smallboat crew arrived on scene and safely embarked the two boaters at 1:30 p.m.

“This case is a good example of the need for all boaters to file a float plan with friends or family members before going out on their boats,” said Coast Guard Sector Miami Commander Capt. Jim Fitton. “Without a lot of good detective work by the Coast Guard, this could have ended tragically.”

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