Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking vessel near Key Largo

The sailing vessel, No Worries, capsizing Feb. 21, 2019 near Key Largo, Florida. After receiving a distress call from the crew of the sailing vessel, No Worries, stating they were taking on water, watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 helicopter crew to the scene to assist. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Shortes.

The sailing vessel, No Worries, capsizing Feb. 21, 2019 near Key Largo, Florida.  Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Shortes.

MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued two people from a sinking vessel Thursday approximately 3 miles east of Key Largo.

Rescued were Eric Kample, 40, and Robert Pflugh, 56.

At approximately 4 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Key West received a distress call from the crew of the 36-foot sailing vessel, No Worries, via VHF-FM radio channel 16 stating they were taking on water and on the verge of capsizing. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and Coast Guard Station Islamorada 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew to the scene to assist.

The helicopter crew hoisted one individual and the other was embarked by the boatcrew. Both were transferred to Coast Guard facilities with no reported injuries.

“Thanks to the proper use of the VHF-FM radio, we were able to have assets on scene within 30 minutes of getting the distress call,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Steidell. “Having the right communications equipment often plays a big part in successful rescue missions.”


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