The U.S. Coast Guard rescues so many boaters that it often doesn’t even make the news anymore, but a recent video shows a dramatic USCG rescue of seven people from their overturned boat in the Gulf of Mexico.
The video is a potent reminder that the USCG rescues people on a daily basis and often under tough conditions.
On Saturday, September 20, a 45-foot USCG boat out of Station St. Petersburg was redirected to a capsized vessel with multiple people in the water. The USCG crew found seven people sitting on top of their overturned 20-foot boat in rough seas. Only two had donned life jackets.
Using a line, the USCG crew hauled everyone aboard, including a woman who was eight months pregnant.
“This is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever been part of,” Petty Officer 2nd class Joseph Wright said. “They were out there for over three hours in the water in these crazy weather conditions. I’m so happy we were able to get to these people in time.”