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Coast Guard has a busy weekend

A Coast Guard boat crew from Station Cortez rescued three people in the water Saturday after their boat capsized in the vicinity of Longboat Pass, Fla.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg were notified by a good Samaritan on land that he had the capsized vessel and three people in sight. Simultaneously, the captain of the capsized 17-foot vessel called Station Cortez with his cell phone while holding onto the vessels hull.

A Station Cortez crew aboard a 25-foot response boat was in the vicinity and immediately diverted to the scene. The crew arrived on scene and rescued the three people from the water and transferred them to Coquina Boat Ramp, Fla., where local EMS was waiting.

All three rescued were wearing life jackets.

In a separate case up the East Coast, the Coast Guard and local authorities rescued two people and were searching for a 25-year-old man after the sailboat they were aboard capsized off the coast of Sandy Point, Md., on Saturday.

A woman contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders on VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 2:30 p.m. reporting a boat capsized off of Sandy Point.

A crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md., rescued a 40-year-old man, who was unresponsive, and transported him to Sandy Point where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

An Anne Arundel County Fire Department boat crew rescued a 25-year-old woman, who was responsive.