Off-duty Coast Guardsman rescues boater from capsized vessel near Cumberland Island

Chief Petty Officer Chief Matthew Hare.

Chief Petty Officer Chief Matthew Hare.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An off-duty Coast Guardsman rescued a boater from a capsized vessel Friday near Cumberland Island, Georgia.

Chief Petty Officer Matthew Hare of the Coast Guard Cutter Hammer, notified Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders he noticed one boater sitting on his capsized 16-foot boat at 7:30 p.m while on his personal boat. Hare retrieved the man from the water and transported him to Fernandina Harbor Marina.

“Even when we’re out of uniform, we as Coast Guardsman are always on duty,” said Hare. ” The maritime community is always there for each other.”

The boater was reported to be in good condition.

The owner of the vessel is coordinating salvage.

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