Coast Guard Station Mayport crew rescues 2 from damaged vessel

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Two people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their 48-foot fishing boat was beset by weather and damaged at the St. Johns entrance jetties Monday morning.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center were notified of the situation at approximately 2:16 a.m. A crew from Coast Guard Station Mayport was launched and arrived on scene at about 2:40 a.m. The two people were safely rescued and transferred to emergency medical service technicians for evaluation.

Due to the weather conditions, the vessel was pushed onto the jetties and was severely damaged.

The Coast Guard continues to monitor the debris field from the damaged vessel. Currently the debris field has been reported along the coast from Atlantic Beach to Huguenot. Command center personnel are issuing a Safety Marine Information Broadcast for mariners in the area. The debris is not expected to cause a hazard to navigation.

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