Coast Guard units stay busy over Labor Day weekend along Florida’s Gulf Coast

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsCLEARWATER, Fla. — Coast Guard crews along Florida’s Gulf Coast responded to multiple search and rescue cases this Labor Day weekend.

In total, 27 search and rescue cases were logged. Below are a few highlights from Thursday to Monday.

  • Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders assisted a lost mariner in the vicinity of Hudson, Fla.
  • Coast Guard Station Ft. Myers Beach transported two survivors to safety after their vessel began to take on water near Sanibel Island, Fla.
  • A good Samaritan assisted Station Ft. Myers Beach in rescuing six men who spent approximately 30 hours in the water after their boat started to sink west of Blind Pass, Fla.
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater helicopter crew conducted a medical evacuation of a woman from the Carnival Paradise 60 miles offshore.
  • Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg assisted and escorted a mariner in a disabled vessel near the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

“We are always happy to see people enjoying themselves on the water but ask that they do so in a safe manner,” said Lt. Ben OLoughlin, a command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters and mariners to do the following before heading out on the water:

  • Wear a life jacket at all time.
  • File a float plan
  • Have a marine band radio and visual distress signals on board
  • Have a registered 406MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
  • Have a Personal Locator Beacon
  • Do not boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs


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