Coast Guard Rescues 2 From Sinking Boat Near Clearwater

 CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. – A Coast Guard rescue crew is towing a fishing vessel and its two crewmembers to safety after their vessel began taking on water 20 miles west of Clearwater Beach Thursday morning.

The Coast Guard received a distress call from the 34-foot fishing vessel Shanty, from Largo, Fla., at 3:30 a.m. reporting they were taking on water.

The Coast Guard immediately launched a 47-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, in Clearwater, Fla., and Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew.

Coast Guard rescue crews arrived on-scene at approximately 4:30 a.m. Two crewmembers and three de-watering pumps were transferred to the Shanty from the 47-foot rescue boat. The HH-60 Jayhawk rescue crew also lowered a de-watering pump to the Shanty.

Coast Guard rescue crews have the vessel in tow and are en-route to the Clearwater Marina fuel pier.

“The professionalism and emergency preparedness of the crewmembers on the Shanty was vital to the safe rescue and towing of their vessel,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Tyrone M. Montgomery, the officer of the day at Station Sand Key. “They knew exactly where they were, so our rescue crews were able to assist them quickly.”

There were no injuries reported from the Shanty crewmembers.

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