Coast Guard responds to vessel taking on water near Fort Myers Beach

7th Coast Guard District NewsFORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard responded to a vessel with seven people on board that ran aground and began taking on water near Estero Island, 1 mile from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach, Saturday.

At 5:04 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., were notified of a 38-foot Sport Fisher charter vessel named Fishin’ Fever III, that had ran aground and began taking on water.

At 5:07 a.m., a Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft, Law Enforcement boat was launched to the scene.

Once on scene at approximately 5:15 a.m., crewmembers attempted to pump water out of the Fishin’ Fever III but were unsuccessful.

Five passengers on the Fishin’ Fever III were safely transferred to a good Samaritan vessel named Miss Lilly who transported them to the Getaway Marina in Fort Myers Beach.

The captain and crewmember of the Fishin’ Fever III requested to remain on scene and attempt to salvage their vessel. After more unsuccessful attempts, the Coast Guard vessel transferred the captain and crewmember to the Getaway Marina.

The Captain of the Fishin’ Fever III is making plans to salvage the vessel.

A light sheen was reported after the grounding and is being investigated by Coast Guard personnel.

No injuries were reported.

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