Coast Guard rescues 4 after 9 hours in the water

YANKEETOWN, Fla. – Coast Guard Station Yankeetown rescued four people from an overturned vessel about six miles southwest of the County Road 40 boat ramp, in Yankeetown, Fla., at about 7:30 a.m. today.

The four boaters reported being in the water since about 10 p.m. yesterday, when their vessel took on two large waves and the bow of the boat went under. Station Yankeetown received a call at about 7:15 a.m. today from an off-duty Coast Guard petty officer reporting that an overturned 19-foot pleasure craft was partially submerged in the Withlacoochee River, in Yankeetown.

Station Yankeetown immediately launched a 25-foot response boat and was on scene within 15 minutes.

William Spurling, 59, vessel owner, his wife Yvonne Spurling, 56, along with David Michael, 74, and Timothy Michael, 23, all from Dunnellon, Fla., were recovered from the water and taken to the County Road 40 boat ramp where EMS was waiting. All four survivors were taken to Seven Rivers Hospital, in Crystal River, Fla.

All four survivors were wearing life jackets and are reported to be in good condition.

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