Coast Guard responding to sinking vessel

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard is responding to a sinking 26-foot boat 90-miles east of Jacksonville with six people aboard Thursday morning.

The six people aboard the vessel contacted the Coast Guard via VHF channel 16 and their 406 MHz emergency positioning indicating radio beacon and notified the Coast Guard they were taking on water and sinking. A Good Samaritan in the area responded and removed all the people from the water.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter Air Station Clearwater, Fla., a Coast Guard jet with a de-watering pump from Air Station Miami, and a Navy P-3 fixed-wing aircraft are in route.

All persons aboard were reportedly wearing life jackets at the time of the distress call.

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