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Coast Guard coordinates rescues

The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of three people and a dog last Thursday who were rescued by good Samaritans after the 49-foot sailboat Blue Pearl, sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

International Rescue Center personnel contacted Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday reporting they received a message from a satellite messenger device stating people were in a life raft and in need of assistance approximately 900 miles northeast of Bermuda.

The crew aboard the 351-foot tanker Tilda Kosan located the life raft with three people and a dog aboard at approximately 12:30 a.m. Friday,

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Further south, nine people were rescued from the water by Coast Guard crews after their boat capsized 18 miles southwest of Key West, Fla., on Sunday.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida received a distress call from passengers aboard a 25-foot sports craft vessel stating they were disabled and had no GPS onboard.

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