Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters off Florida Keys

MARATHON, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters who were overdue from a fishing trip that started Saturday at 8 a.m.

The missing boater’s family members contacted the Coast Guard Saturday night around 11 p.m. and said the 22-foot Mako boat with the three people aboard departed Saturday at 8 a.m. and should have returned Saturday around 5 p.m. The family members weren’t sure where the boaters launched from.

It was reported that three males, ages 42, 37, and 16, were headed offshore to fish for dolphin, but the exact area could not be determined.

The Coast Guard responded immediately by issuing an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launching a search using multiple aircraft and boat crews.

In addition to actively searching for the boat, the Coast Guard also canvassed local marinas and boat ramps overnight with the help of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to determine where the boat could’ve launched from.

Throughout the course of this morning’s search, a good Samaritan, in response to the UMIB, located the missing boaters who reported their boat became disabled, causing them to drift throughout the night.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island was diverted to take the boat in tow and bring it close to shore. Smallboat crews from Coast Guard Station Marathon took over the tow and brought the three aboard to reunite them with their family members.

“We are extremely grateful that we found these boaters safe,” said Cmdr. Jim Olive, acting commander, Coast Guard Sector Key West. “The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters to come up with a plan before they go boating–including where they are leaving from, where they intend to go, and when they will be back–then passing the plan to someone on land who can call the Coast Guard if needed. These simple steps will save valuable time when trying to locate someone in distress.”

The Coast Guard searched an area between Marathon and Key Largo that was bigger than the state of Rhode Island–more than 3,000 square miles.

Coast Guard units involved in the search included:

  • The Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West, Fla.
  • Two HU-25 Falcon jet crews from Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • Multiple smallboat crews from Coast Guard Stations Marathon and Islamorada, Fla.
  • An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed to the area from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans

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  1. Roger Camacho says:

    To all members of the United States Coast Guard,
    On behalf of myself and the entire families of the above mentioned article.
    Thank you for your professionalism and determination in the rescue of our lives.
    You were all so courteous and assuring throughout the entire ordeal.
    We were treated very kindly by everyone and I cant say Thank you enough for all your help.I am very grateful to be back on land and reunited with my Loved ones. The sacrifice you all make to keep our waters and boaters safe is a testament, to all of your unselfish deeds.You are all great Americans.
    Thank you again

  2. Annette de Freitas. says:

    To all members of the United States Coast Guard:
    And to anyone else involved in the safe return of my son,Roger .and the two others on the boat.Roger Garcia and their 14 yr. old guest.I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.for bringing them home safely.God bless you all and we truly appreciate the services you perform to all those in need.

  3. DeeAnn & Edward Billy Musa Jr. says:

    To all members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office:

    We want to express our sincere appreciation and thanks for all your efforts and outstanding performance in successfully rescuing our son Stefan Musa and friends Roger Camacho and Captain Roger Garcia.
    On Saturday July 11, when we approached the Marathon Coast Guard Office to formally request their assistance in rescuing our son and friends, we must say that we were extremely pleased with the outstanding treatment, hospitality and professional way the coast guard officers dealt with our situation.
    Lots of respect to officers Juan, Charlie, and Chase from the Marathon Coast Guard who were so understanding, courteous and positive. Besides putting their plan into action we want to acknowledge the sensitivity they showed towards the emotional aspect of this nerve-wracking ordeal.
    God bless you all and we pray that He keeps you safe always.

    Thanks/Kindest Regards,

    Billy,DeeAnn, Stefan & Shelby Musa

  4. Stefan Musa says:

    To the officers of the U.S. Coast Guard, The Crew of the Pea Island Cutter and The Captain and Crew of the Islamorada Fl. fishing vessel “Hooked Up”:

    I would like to sincerely thank the above mentioned for their exceptional hospitality and efforts in rescuing my friends and I whilst hopelessly stranded at sea. I want to say that after seeing so many ships and aircrafts in the distance throughout the night who probably did not see our flares, it was such an overwhelming feeling the following day to see the boat “Hooked Up” who called in our location to the coast guard and who never left our side until the Pea Island Cutter arrived.

    The reminder from Cmdr. Jim Olive in regard to safe boating is duly noted.

    Acknowledgment also goes out to the officers back at the base in Marathon and Key West for keeping my family and loved ones posted every step of the way. God bless and keep you safe in all your future missions at sea.

    Stefan Musa
    Central America

  5. Keagan Moore says:

    Thanks to the brave souls who put their lives at risk to save our friends. God bless you all, see you home soon stef. Glad your ok and the rest of the family can be at ease. Keagan

  6. Carol Williams says:

    Hi Stefan

    I am glad that you are safe and back with your family. You must have been scared being lost out at sea. However I know the seafaring person that you are kept you calm and the prayers from everyone brought you back safely.

  7. jr moore says:

    hi stef,

    we are all glad to see you are okay , and thanks to professionalism of the coast guard you were brought back safe to your sister and your parents i know u want to see belize!!!! and i hope to see u there again and please never scare me like that again u make think twice of going on a boat now see you.

  8. Zoe Norat says: