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Prepared boaters saved from sinking vessels

The wife of a skipper pulled from Florida waters credits a lifetime spent on the water for preserving her husband, his brother and their daughter's boyfriend as their boat sank. And she thanks the Coast Guard for their recovery after a fishing trip went awry.

The three survivors had taken off from Boynton Beach, Fla., days ago and were anchored near West End in the Bahamas when their 35-foot vessel sank.

The skipper was awakened by the younger crew who announced that water was filling the boat. They couldn't bail fast enough and the boat's engine and bilge pump wouldn't turn on.

They had enough time to don life jackets, grab a flashlight, a cooler for extra flotation, and turn on a personal locator beacon.

Click here for the full report and click here for the official press release.

Meanwhile, far to the north, Coast Guard crew rescued five Anchorage, Alaska, residents 85 miles north of Kodiak

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued five Anchorage residents Sunday from the sinking 60-foot Kodiak-based pleasure craft Nordic Mistress 85 miles north of Kodiak.

“By using the on board VHF marine radio to call for help and by properly using their safety gear, the five people took the necessary steps to ensure their safety and to help the Coast Guard quickly come to their rescue,” said Steven Garcia, Sector Anchorage search-and-rescue controller.

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