Coast Guard Rescues 3 After Night At Sea

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued three men from the disabled and adrift, 25-foot pleasure craft, J.C. Triggerman, 25-miles west of Sarasota, at about 4:30 a.m., Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., watchstanders received a call from 911 at about 10 p.m., Wednesday from the mother of one of the boaters, reporting that he and his friends were overdue from a boating trip.

Jason Coffin, 27, Darren Bloum, 35, and Eric Bloum, age unknown, all of Sarasota, were spotted aboard the disabled vessel by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HC-130 search plane at 3:52 a.m., Thursday.

The three men were transferred to a 41-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Cortez, in Bradenton, Fla., at about 4:30 a.m., and safely arrived at the Coast Guard station at 7:40 a.m. None of the three men are reported to have suffered any injuries.

The Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne, homeported in St. Petersburg, arrived on scene and took the vessel in tow until the same 41-foot Coast Guard boat from Station Cortez could rendezvous with the cutter and finish towing the vessel to Coquina Boat Ramp in Sarasota.

“Filing a float plan was instrumental in rescuing these three men,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Logan, a crewmember from Coast Guard Station Cortez. “”The Coast Guard urges boaters to understand the importance of filing a float plan and to bring the necessary safety equipment with them to help in times of distress. It could mean the difference between life and death.”

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