Coast Guard Rescues 3 Fishermen off Cape Canaveral

Men being taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital

MIAMI – A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew saved three commercial fishermen about 85 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Fla., after the 45-foot long-lining vessel, Sylvia Jean, began taking on water earlier this morning. The men are being flown to Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

The helicopter crew located two men in a liferaft around 12:45 p.m., and safely hoisted them into the aircraft. Reports from the fishermen were that a third man had fallen out of the vessel while the Sylvia Jean was taking on water but did have a lifejacket on. The helicopter crew was able to locate him 45 minutes later.

Search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Mayport, Fla., heard a Mayday call around 8 a.m., but soon lost communications. Moments later coordinators at Coast Guard District Seven command center in Miami received a signal from an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) identified as being sent from the Sylvia Jean.

Rescue coordinators in Mayport launched an HH-60 Jayhack helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla. The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas was diverted to assist in the search.

The three men are reported to be in good condition.

The Sylvia Jean is homeported in Fort Pierce, Fla.

The cutter Dallas is a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homported in Charleston, S.C.

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