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Coast Guard rescues three in Florida

Three people aboard a 25-foot boat taking on water 10 miles off Florida’s Egmont Key were rescued Sunday by the Coast Guard.

One of the trio aboard the boat contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at 8:01 p.m. via VHF-FM radio reporting they were taking on water and in need of assistance.

A 45-foot response boat medium crew from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission crew and an Eckerd Search and Rescue crew arrived on scene and safely removed all three people from the vessel.

No injuries were reported.

“All three people were wearing a life jacket, and they had a marine band radio, flares, and flashlights aboard the vessel,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Josh Chears-Stevens, an operations unit controller at the sector. “Having this safety equipment aboard, greatly aided in responding to them quickly before the situation deteriorated.”