Coast Guard rescues man from water near Fisher Island

Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement file photo.

Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement file photo.

MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued a 59-year-old man from the water near Fisher Island, Sunday.

Rescued was Lindsey Schult, 59.

Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from a woman stating that her husband had fallen off his vessel and started drifting south at approximately 2:50 p.m. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew who arrived on scene at approximately 3:05 p.m., embarked Schult aboard and returned him to his vessel with no reported injuries.

“Mrs. Vietrich’s utilization of the VHF-FM radio helped us respond and rescue Mr. Schult within 15 minutes,” said CWO Clint Smith, a Coast Guard Sector Miami command duty officer. “It’s important that people not only have the proper safety equipment onboard, but know how to use it because it makes a huge difference in how quickly we can respond to an incident.”

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