Coast Guard rescues 3 from vessel taking on water near Alligator Reef Lighthouse

Two people abandon a vessel taking on water near Windley Island, Florida to swim toward a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 45-foot Response Boat—Medium boatcrew who were on scene to rescue them, Nov. 9, 2019. The station received a 911-relay call reporting a vessel taking on water with three people aboard near Windley Island and they quickly got on scene safely recovering all three people. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Wilfredo Lugo

Two people abandon a vessel taking on water near Windley Island, Florida to swim toward a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew who were on scene to rescue them, Nov. 9, 2019.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Wilfredo Lugo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued three people from a vessel taking on water in the vicinity of Alligator Reef Lighthouse, Saturday.

A Coast Guard Station Islamorada watchstander received a 911-relay call reporting a vessel taking on water near Windley Island. A station 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew was launched to assist the distressed boaters.

“These boaters had life jackets on when our rescue crew arrived on scene, which tremendously help the situation and get these people safely our of the water,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kendrick Everette, a Coast Guard Sector Key West command center watchstander. “Our crews were ready to respond to a maritime emergency like this, because we train to be quickly responsive. Within the maritime domain, time is key and a quick response could make a world of a difference.”

The RB-M crew arrived on scene and safely recovered the three boaters from the water with no reported injuries.


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