Coast Guard rescues four people from sinking boat off Mayport

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued four people from a sinking 22-foot vessel approximately 10-miles off the coast of Jacksonville Friday.

Rescued are Duane Alann Furgason, 47, Kevin Furgason, 15, John Banar, 33, and Mason Penblepon, 27.

The Coast Guard received a distress call at approximately 12:30 p.m., after the boat experienced engine failure and began to take on water.

A 47-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., and a Navy search and rescue helicopter crew from Naval Station Mayport responded to the distress.

In addition, the Coast Guard rescue crew salvaged the sinking boat and towed it to the Joe Carlucci Boat Ramp.

The boaters rescued today were wearing their life jackets. The Coast Guard wants to remind all boaters that wearing life jackets saves lives. The life jackets worn today were a pivotal factor in ensuring a successful rescue.

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