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3 boaters rescued by Coast Guard 80 miles west of Tampa

9:01 PM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
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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 distress." 

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.

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