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Coast Guard Responses - Florida

Recent responses from Florida and the Southeast

Recent responses from Florida and the Southeast

Night at sea

Station Cortez, Fla.

The Coast Guard rescued three men from a disabled and adrift, 25-foot pleasure boat 25 miles west of Sarasota. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., watchstanders received a 911 call from the mother of one of the boaters, reporting that he and his friends were overdue from a boating trip. The three men were spotted aboard the disabled boat by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HC-130 search plane. They were transferred to a 41-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Cortez, in Bradenton, Fla., and safely arrived at the station. None of the three men were reported to have suffered any injuries. Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne arrived on scene and took the pleasure boat in tow until the 41-foot Coast Guard boat from Station Cortez could rendezvous with the cutter and finish towing the boat to Coquina Boat Ramp in Sarasota. (March 13)

Search for missing anglers

Tampa, Fla.

Coast Guard rescue coordinators were asking recreational and commercial boaters to be on the lookout for three overdue fishermen scheduled to return to Clearwater, Fla. The three men were believed to have departed from the Courtney Campbell Causeway Boat Ramp in a 28-foot pleasure boat for a fishing trip. One of the men was reported missing by his wife after not returning as scheduled. The identities of the two other crew members were not known. The Coast Guard has not received any other reports of possible missing fishermen. The man’s wife told rescue coordinators that he usually fishes somewhere between EvergladesCity and Tampa. The boat is a 28-foot Wellcraft with two outboard engines and Florida registration number FL0340GD. The boat is painted red, white and gray. (March 17)

Apprehended on cruise ship

Station Mayport, Fla.

The Coast Guard helped the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team apprehend a murder suspect aboard a Jacksonville, Fla.,-based cruise ship. The 29-year-old man was apprehended aboard a Carnival Cruise ship by marshals about five miles east of the entrance to the St. Johns River. The man was wanted by the Atlanta Police Department for felony murder and aggravated assault with a weapon. U.S. Marshals from the Southeast Regional Task Force found out the man had flown to Jacksonville on a passenger jet from Atlanta. Members of the U.S. Marshals F.A.S.T. determined that the man then boarded the cruise ship and was bound for Freeport, Bahamas. The U.S. Marshals contacted the Coast Guard for help in stopping the cruise ship. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port ordered the ship to stop before entering international waters. A boat crew from the Coast Guard Station in Mayport, Fla., transported U.S. Marshals and Coast Guard Investigative Service agents to the ship. U.S. Marshals and Coast Guard CGIS agents boarded and quickly located the man with the help of the ship’s crew. He was taken in to custody without incident. The suspect was taken to Station Mayport via the Coast Guard boat. He was to be held in the Duval County Jail pending his extradition to Atlanta. The man is believed to have intentionally used his vehicle as a weapon to assault another man after the two had argued at a party in Atlanta. As a result of the incident, the other man died Feb. 9. (Feb. 29)

Tow line parts

Air Station Savannah, Ga.

The Coast Guard rescued five men from a powerless boat after it broke away from its tow 17 miles east of St. Augustine, Fla. The five men were aboard a gambling boat that departed Fort Lauderdale enroute to Jacksonville for repairs. While in transit, the boat became disabled and arrangements were made to have a 79-foot motor vessel tow the boat the rest of the way to Jacksonville. Late in the evening, the tow line parted, leaving the five men on the disabled gambling boat in rough seas. They managed to anchor the boat to keep it from drifting and contacted the Coast Guard for assistance. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Air Station Savannah, Ga., to rescue the five men. On-scene weather at the time of the rescue included seas of approximately 10 feet and wind gusts up to 40 knots. All five men were brought to the St. Augustine airport in good condition. The boat owner was making arrangements to bring the boat to port safely. (March 8)