Coast Guard rescues 2 jet skiers near Miami Beach

MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued two men from a disabled jet ski two miles north of the Venetian Bridge in Miami at 12 a.m. Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Miami search-and-rescue coordinators received a call at 8 p.m. Tuesday reporting that a purple and white jet ski with two people aboard were testing a battery on the jet ski and were only supposed to be gone an hour.

A 33-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission response boatcrews, Miami Beach Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue immediately launched to assist in the rescue.

After four hours of searching, Station Miami Beach crewmembers heard people yelling for help and quickly headed in that direction. The crewmembers located the jet ski and passengers, but could not reach them due to shallow water.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami immediately diverted from their search pattern. Once on scene, the Dolphin helicopter crew safely hoisted the two men and transferred them to Air Station Miami. The men were reported to be in good condition and were not in need of medical attention.

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