Coast Guard Station Mayport assisting boaters who were stranded at sea for 2 days

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla., – Two people who were stranded for two days aboard a disabled 20-foot boat 40 miles off St. Augustine, Florida, are safe and being towed, aboard their vessel, to Vilano Boat Ramp in St. Augustine Saturday.

The men waved down a passing pleasure craft to request help, stating they had been stranded for two days. The good Samaritan alerted watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Mayport in Atlantic Beach, Florida, responded and is currently towing the boat to Vilano Boat Ramp, where they were expected to arrive about 4:45 p.m. No injuries have been reported.

The men stated the vessel’s fuel line ruptured, disabling the boat, and they lost power, rendering their radio useless, so they had no way to communicate they were in distress. They said they used a tarp to cover themselves from the elements.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters, especially those who plan to operate offshore, invest in Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons or Personal Locator Beacons. When activated manually or automatically activated, EPIRBs and PLBs send out electronic distress signals and GPS coordinates, notifying first responders of a distress situation and providing a precise location. Properly registered EPIRBS and PLBs also give rescuers valuable information about the vessel and owner.

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