Coast Guard responds to sinking vessel off Elliot Key, Fla

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Crewmembers with Coast Guard Station Miami Beach responded to a report of a sinking vessel southeast of Elliot Key, Fla., Thursday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report of a 29-foot vessel taking on water with three people aboard after striking an unknown object in the water.

Sector Miami issued a Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and launched a boatcrew from Station Miami Beach to respond. Before the boatcrew arrived on scene, a good Samaritan responded and safely embarked the three people from the partially submerged vessel.

A Miami-Dade Marine Rescue unit arrived on scene and medically evacuated one of the men to awaiting emergency medical services after experiencing chest pains.

It was reported that the vessel has 250 gallons of diesel fuel onboard and had a sheen emanating from it.

The owner arranged for commercial salvage to recover the vessel.

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