Coast Guard rescues 4 in Gulf of Mexico

DESTIN, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued four people in the Gulf of Mexico today after the vessel they were aboard began taking on water approximately eight miles south of the Destin East Pass.

Coast Guard Station Destin received a call at approximately 10 a.m., from the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Department of boaters in distress without lifejackets and launched a 25-foot smallboat crew to the scene.

The 25-foot smallboat arrived on-scene approximately 30 minutes later where they found two people clinging on to a cooler and two other people holding on to a type four life preserver.

All four persons were pulled from the water and transported to Coast Guard Station Destin.

There were no reports of injuries.

“We are extremely relieved this situation turned out good, it could have been worse; all boaters should wear their lifejackets at all times,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Gene Wright, crewmember from Coast Guard Station Destin.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always wear their life jackets and to ensure that all required safety equipment is onboard their vessel and in good, working order.

  • wear Coast Guard approved life jackets
  • be aware of weather and water conditions
  • never boat or paddle alone
  • file a float plan to let others know where you are going, and make sure they know what to do and who to call in case of an emergency.
  • be constantly aware of other vessels in the immediate area
  • be cautious – do not exceed your ability to handle your vessel
  • carry a VHF radio – these radios allow for any boater in your vicinity to hear your call and the signal can be easily traced by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that all boaters and paddlers take every opportunity to take a recreational boating safety course to enhance their navigational skills. Courses are offered through their respective state, with the Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadrons.

Additional course information is available through the BOAT/U.S. foundation at 1-800-336-BOAT.

For additional safe boating tips, boaters can access the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety website.

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