Coast Guard rescues 7 boaters near Pine Island

Coast Guard rescues 7 boaters near Pine Island
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Dougherty FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued seven people after their boat took on water Saturday near Pine Island. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received a Marine Emergency Response Team alert reporting a 15′ Pontoon boat was taking on water in the vicinity of Bokeelia...

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue boater between Cozumel and Tampa

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue boater between Cozumel and Tampa
Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft file photo MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for an overdue boater who was reported missing during transit from Cozumel, Mexico to Tampa, Florida. Missing is Grant Neie, 74. On Sunday, Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders received a report from Neie’s wife stating he was aboard the 38-foot sailing vessel, Nai’a,...

Coast Guard responds to injured fishermen 70 miles southwest of Marco Island

Coast Guard responds to injured fishermen 70 miles southwest of Marco Island
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photoST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard responded to the report of an injured fishermen Monday approximately 70 miles southwest of Marco Island. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call on VHF marine radio Channel 16 at approximately 7:15 a.m. from a crew member on board the 34-foot fishing vessel reporting a fellow crew member...

Coast Guard rescues two boaters in wake of Hurricane Michael

Coast Guard rescues two boaters in wake of Hurricane Michael
The 50-foot sailboat Old School sits in 8-foot seas after a Coast Guard crew rescued two boaters Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, near Boca Grande, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters from a 50-foot sailboat in 8-foot seas near Boca Grande, Wednesday. This is the second Coast Guard marine rescue in the Fort Myers Beach area due to Hurricane Michael...

Coast Guard medevacs man from parasailing boat near Fort Myers Beach

Coast Guard medevacs man from parasailing boat near Fort Myers Beach
Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.— The Coast Guard medevaced a 28-year-old man from a parasailing boat near Fort Myers Beach, Monday. At 1:22 p.m. Station Fort Myers Beach watchstanders received a distress call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from the captain of the 31-foot parasailing boat, The Mac. He reported suffering from...

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 2 after boat capsizes

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 2 after boat capsizes
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Dougherty FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued two boaters Thursday after their 25-foot boat capsized 50 miles west of Naples. Rescued were Frederick Cunningham, 42, and James Nipper, 48. At 5:56 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a Mayday via...

Coast Guard assists 4 adults, 2 children from aground boat near Sanibel Island

Coast Guard assists 4 adults, 2 children from aground boat near Sanibel Island
A Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach assists a Cape Coral family of six after their boat ran aground June 15, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard assisted a Cape Coral family of six, including two children, after their boat ran aground four miles southwest of Sanibel Island on Friday. At 7:36 p.m. Friday Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received...

Coast Guard rescues 2, partner agency assists 4 kayakers near Sanibel Causeway

Coast Guard rescues 2, partner agency assists 4 kayakers near Sanibel Causeway
Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two kayakers Monday after their kayak capsized about 1 mile north of the Sanibel Causeway. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach received a call via 911 transfer at 5:45 p.m. from one of the kayakers stating their group of six, two males and four females, were...

Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach to host open house

Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach to host open house
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach crewmembers and volunteers from U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 9, are scheduled to host the station’s fifth annual open house and safety fair at the station in support of National Safe Boating Week, Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the coming weeks, increased traffic on the water is expected. Coast Guard stations...