Coast Guard rescues three from canoe taking on water in the Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. – A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Miami hoisted and rescued three adult men off their canoe Thursday morning near Mud Keys, Fla., after their canoe started taking on water due to high winds and rough seas caused by a band of storms moving through the area.

Coast Guard search-and-rescue watchstanders received the initial call from the men at 1:30 a.m. Thursday stating that they were close to land but couldn’t make it due to high winds and that the waves were starting to fill the canoe with water. The three men were intending on camping in the area but were caught off guard by the rapidly changing weather and became distressed.

The Coast Guard immediately responded by issuing an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launching a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Miami.

The aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 a.m., hoisted the three men aboard, and brought them to Key West International Airport with no medical concerns.

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