Coast Guard Station Sand Key rescues three men near Clearwater Pass

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued three boaters shortly after 9:00 p.m. Thursday, west of Clearwater Pass.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Sand Key were notified of a vessel in distress, via a 911 transfer call, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Three men aboard a small recreational vessel requested assistance after they began taking on water approximately five miles off the coast of Clearwater.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small (RB-S) crew from Station Sand Key launched at 8:38 p.m., along with a Clearwater Fire and Rescue boatcrew, and arrived on scene at approximately 9:00 p.m. The crews located the three boaters aboard a 25-foot recreational vessel and safely transferred the men to the Clearwater Fire and Rescue boat, while two Sand Key crewmembers began dewatering the vessel.

While continuing dewatering efforts, the RB-S crew placed the disabled boat in tow. The crews and passengers are currently en-route to Station Sand Key.

This rescue illustrates the vital importance of safety equipment for all seasoned and recreational boaters. The Coast Guard recommends the use of a registered EPIRB, PPIRB, fully functioning marine band radio and proper use of life jackets. For further information on available lifesaving equipment, please visit the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety website.

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