Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce crews rescue 6 mariners in 2 days

7th Coast Guard District NewsMIAMI — Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Fla., rescued three overdue boaters Tuesday, and three kayakers in distress Monday.

The three boaters were reported overdue to the Coast Guard Tuesday morning by a concerned family member.

The boaters left from Veterans Memorial Park around 6 p.m. Monday aboard a 20-foot Bayliner, en route to Capt. Hiram’s Restaurant in Sebastian, Fla. Their vessel ran out of fuel, but they had life jackets onboard. A Station Fort Pierce boatcrew was launched, and located and rescued the overdue boaters. A nearby good Samaritan assisted in the recovery. There were no reported health concerns.

“They had a cell phone onboard, but the battery died,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Rich Best, the coxswain of the rescue boatcrew. “If they had a VHF radio onboard, we could’ve come right out and saved them much sooner.”

On Monday, three kayakers drifted about three miles offshore Vero Beach, Fla., and were unable to paddle back in. A Station Fort Pierce boatcrew was launched, and located the three kayakers exhausted, but with no serious health concerns.

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