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Coast Guard Responses – Florida

Recent responses from Florida

Recent responses from Florida

Clinging to the hull

Station Mayport, Fla.

Three boaters were rescued by the Coast Guard after their 22-foot boat capsized approximately eight miles east of St. Augustine, Fla. The boaters called a commercial salvage company after they became disabled and started taking on water. Coast Guard rescue coordinators from Sector Jacksonville also launched a 47-foot rescue boat crew from Station Mayport as a precaution because of the heavy seas and high winds. Shortly after the rescue boat was launched, the Coast Guard and the commercial salvage company lost radio communications with the crew of the 22-foot boat. The commercial salvage company arrived at the boat’s last known position, and there was no sign of the three men or their boat. The Coast Guard rescue boat crew arrived at the scene and located the three men clinging to the hull of their overturned boat. The three were rescued and transported to Coast Guard Station Mayport. The weather offshore where the Coast Guard crew located the men included approximately three- to four-foot seas with 23 to 28 mph winds. (May 11)

Lone boater missing

Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Coast Guard crew members from Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were searching for a 65-year-old man who failed to return as scheduled. The missing man had rented a 19-foot Sea Ray and was last seen heading north in the Intracoastal Waterway. The reporting source stated the man was going to pick up two people for dinner and return no later than 6 p.m. The Sea Ray was described as a white vessel with a Florida registration number of FL9401MZ. If anyone has information that can help locate the boat and man, please contact search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami at (305) 535-4472. (May 22)

Drifting, no one aboard

Sector Miami

Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators at Sector Miami suspended search efforts for the operator of a 36-foot sailboat. Crews from Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin, two HH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Air Station Miami, an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater deployed in support of Operations Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), a C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft crew from Air Station Clearwater, an HH-65 helicopter crew from Royal English Airship Lars Bay and crews from the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association conducted a 628-square-mile search area since the sailor was reported unaccounted for. A good Samaritan boater contacted search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami requesting permission to board the unmanned sailboat about 20 miles north of West End, Bahamas. Once aboard, the good Samaritan reported the sailboat was empty, but evidence aboard the boat confirmed it had been recently occupied. Later that afternoon, the owner of the sailboat contacted Sector Miami to report he had hired the operator to transport the sailboat from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Netherlands. (May 26)