Coast Guard Tampa Bay units assist 10 people in 3 days

A Coast Guard Station Cortez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew tows a 21-foot disabled vessel with four people 57 miles offshore to the Coquina Beach boat ramp in Bradenton, Florida March 19, 2022. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.

A Coast Guard Station Cortez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew tows a 21-foot disabled vessel with four people 57 miles offshore to the Coquina Beach boat ramp in Bradenton, Florida March 19, 2022. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Coast Guard Tampa Bay rescue crews responded to multiple search and rescue cases in the region Friday through Sunday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater H-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew responded to a medevac while Coast Guard Station Cortez and Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback crews responded to two seperate disabled vessel cases with all mariners returning safe.

The aircrew hoisted an ill 47-year-old man from a cruise ship 224 miles offshore of Tampa Bay and transferred him to Tampa General Hospital in stable condition Saturday.

Coast Guard Station Cortez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew towed a 21-foot disabled vessel with four people 57 miles offshore to the Coquina Beach boat ramp Saturday.

Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback crew towed a 33-foot disabled vessel with two people 80 miles offshore to commercial salvage near Sarasota Sunday.

Coast Guard Station Sand Key and Air Station Clearwater C-130 aircrew searched for three reported missing people 30 miles offshore Hudson, who were found safe by a good Samaritan, Friday.

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to follow these safety tips.

File a float plan and leave it with someone — A float plan tells trusted family or friends where you are going and the time and location of your expected return. This information can assist the Coast Guard in searching in the correct areas quicker.

Have a marine band radio and visual distress signals — While many boaters rely on cell phones for emergency communications, they are unreliable in the marine environment. Use the radio Channel 16 for emergencies. Mariners should carry visual distress signals such as flares, smoke signals or non-pyrotechnic devices, and sound-producing devices such as whistles, bells, or horns.

Have a registered 406MHz emergency position indicating radio beacon — When a 406MHz EPIRB signal is received, search-and-rescue personnel can retrieve information from a registration database. This includes the beacon owner’s contact information, emergency contact information, and vessel/aircraft identifying characteristics. Having this information allows the Coast Guard, or other rescue personnel, to respond appropriately.

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