Coast Guard rescues mariner found adrift near Mayport

A man rescued after his vessel sank poses for a photo Feb. 20, 2019. The man was saved after his vessel sank near Mayport. Photo courtesy of Station Mayport.

A man rescued after his vessel sank poses for a photo Feb. 20, 2019.  Photo courtesy of Station Mayport.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coast Guard crews rescued a mariner Wednesday who was adrift after their vessel sank near the St. Johns Inlet.

A Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew was conducting a law enforcement patrol at approximately 11 a.m. when they noticed a man clinging to a life ring in the middle of the channel. Crews pulled the man from the water and took him to Station Mayport where EMS was waiting.

“We’re glad we were in the right place at the right time and he had the proper safety equipment,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Pugh, the crew’s coxswain. “Our crews train to stay vigilant at all times and that training paid off today.”

The mariner had no reported injuries and had a life ring and life jacket.

The cause of the vessel sinking is under investigation.

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