Coast Guard rescues stranded mariners near Dunedin Causeway

A 29-foot Response Boat Small-II

USCG File Photo

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two women and a 3-year-old girl Monday after they became stranded on a spoil island near the Dunedin Causeway.

Rescued were Tampa natives, Gia Oliva, 29, her daughter Violet Maga, 3, and Allison Beaseman, 31.

At 6 p.m. watch standers at Coast Guard Station Sand Key received a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stating Oliva and Beaseman had taken a kayak and paddle board to a spoil island and were unable to transit back to shore. Oliva was kayaking with her 3-year-old daughter.

A 29-foot Response Boat Small-II crew from Station Sand Key launched, arrived on scene and transported the women, child and their watercrafts to Marker 1 Marina in Dunedin.

“We see cases like this far too often,”said Petty Officer 2nd Class Cristobal Lopez, a crew member at Station Sand Key. “All we ask is for mariners to please make sure to check the weather prior to enjoying any water sport.”

The women reported no injuries and said they learned a valuable lesson.

“We are definitely going to be prepared from now on,” said Oliva.

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