Coast Guard saves 3 from sinking vessel

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Three adults were rescued by a Coast Guard crew eight miles west of Bean Point on Anna Maria Island, Florida, after their 37-foot boat began taking on water, Sunday.

At approximately 3:50 p.m Coast Guard watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida received a report via marine band radio channel 16 that the boat had begun taking on water from a six-inch hole in the hull.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from the station arrived on scene at 4:34p.m., plugged the hole, commenced dewatering and put the boat in tow.

The boat was safely towed to Bradenton Beach Marina, Bradenton, Florida at approximately 8 p.m.

“It is important for boaters to remember the Coast Guard can always be reached via channel 16 in an emergency,” said Lt. Michael Persun, a command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg. “Having a marine band radio on board a vessel, like in this case, can save lives when a situation becomes an emergency.”

Manatee County Fire and Rescue and a good Samaritan also responded.

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