Coast Guard responding to sinking sail boat 9-milles southeast of St. Augustine, Fla.

USCG file photo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard is responding to a sinking sail boat with two people aboard approximately 9-miles southeast of St. Augustine, Fla., Sunday.

The Coast Guard was initially notified by the master of the 44-foot sail vessel Tropical Spice at 11:25 p.m. Saturday claiming they had run aground after they entered the ocean by mistake. The Tropical Spice was originally transiting in the Intracoastal Waterway. The Coast Guard developed a communication schedule with the boaters after they indicated they were no longer aground and were making way.

The Coast Guard was again notified Sunday by the master of the Tropical Spice that the vessel was taking on water and sinking. A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter air crew and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission rescue boat crew are on scene.

Both boaters claim they have lifejackets.

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  1. Wanda Inman says:

    WE actually did go into the ocean initally one inlet before we were going to and then were going to go back into the next inlet, but when we arrived at that inlet Mr Hunter didnot want to go due to his need to get to arrive at our destination sooner since the weather had been clear. We had made better time in the ocean but I had asked Mr Hunter to go back into the icw but due to the good time we were making in the ocean Mr Hunter made the decision to stay out in the ocean., I think before you print information you should get all the details. Thank You.

  2. Wanda Inman says:

    I also want to Thank the US Coast Guard for their help. Thank You.