ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Three people were rescued by
the Coast Guard Monday after their 30-foot sailing vesselbroke down 80 miles west of Tampa.
The Coast Guard in Miami received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon distress
signal at 8:50 a.m. Monday. A good Samaritan arrived on
scene with the sailing vessel at approximately 9:30 a.m. and
relayed information to the watchstanders.
An helicopter from
Air Station Clearwater was launched to the location of distressed mariners.
The Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, a 110-foot Island
Class patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, was launched and
took the vessel in tow.
"It's a good thing they had a working EPIRB
with them," said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Vess, a search
and rescue coordinator at Sector St. Petersburg. "Being 80 miles offshore,
it was the only method they could alert the Coast Guard of their
The Nantucket crew plans to transfer the tow operation to
a commercial towing agency once closer to land.
There are no reported
injuries or medical concerns.
First Coast News