Coast Guard rescues 51-year-old man from water in Alligator Reef, Key West

Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement file photo by PA3 Mario Romero

Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement file photo by PA3 Mario Romero

MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued a 51-year-old man from the water in Alligator Reef, Key West, Wednesday.

Rescued was Carlos Arboleda, 51.

At approximately 11 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from a source saying they lost sight of a man swimming in Alligator Reef. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew and a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to search.

The boatcrew located Arboleda at approximately 11:40 a.m. and returned him to his boat with no reported injuries.

“Rough seas can be a threat to even the strongest swimmers,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Vita, a Station Islamorada boatcrew member. “Wearing a life jacket can save your life and we encourage everyone out on the water to wear one.”

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