Coast Guard rescues 7 from sinking boat in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

7th Coast Guard District News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued seven boaters after their vessel sunk one-mile southeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday.

Rescued were: Katie Hart, 23, Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., Richard Leister, 64, Louisville, Ky., Richard Leister Jr., 35, Louisville, Ky., Gary Lees, 54, Caryville, Tenn., Nick Lees, 11, Caryville, Tenn., Nolan Lees, 9, Caryville, Tenn.

Operational watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received reports from a good Samaritan of the sinking of a 26-foot recreational boat at approximately 9:46 a.m., Thursday.

Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral diverted a 25-foot rescue boat crew and arrived on scene at approximately 9:56 a.m.

When the crew arrived on scene the vessel was completely submerged. All seven boaters were in the water and wearing lifejackets at the time of the Coast Guard’s arrival.

The crew safely pulled the boaters aboard and transferred them to Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral.

VHF Channel 16 is the national hailing and distress frequency used to request assistance from the Coast Guard.

When using a cell phone to report an emergency, Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral’s local phone number is: (321) 868-4200 ext 1 or boaters can call 911. Be immediately prepared to give in order:

1. Your location (GPS Latitude and Longitude or geographical position)

2. How many people aboard your vessel

3. Nature of your distress

4. Description of your vessel

Having this information readily available will greatly assist the Coast Guard and other marine agencies in their response to search and rescue cases.

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