Coast Guard Rescues 5 Men off Ponce Inlet

PONCE INLET, Fla. – Coast Guard search and rescue crews have rescued five people from their capsized vessel at 6:30 p.m. Friday approximately four miles off the coast of Ponce Inlet.

Ron Glazer, 20, Matthew Olsen, 20, Jamison Rantz, 19, Robert Roeck, 20, all of Port Orange, Fla., and David Tuscand, 22 of Daytona Beach, Fla., were in a 22-foot vessel when it suddenly capsized. They were able to dial 911 to call for assistance after their vessel capsized. The Coast Guard immediately launched after being notified by local authorities.

A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., a 47-foot motor life boat from Station Ponce Inlet and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched to search for the group. The crew from station Ponce Inlet spotted, rescued and brought the five people back to station Ponce Inlet to awaiting EMS.

All of the five people were wearing their life jackets. The Coast Guard always recommends that boaters wear their life jackets while on the water. The Coast Guard also recommends boaters to have a VHF radio and not to rely on cell phone coverage while off shore.

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