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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The United States Coast Guard, Jacksonville Sector, rescued three boaters after their boat capsized near Neptune Beach Saturday morning, according to a release by the USCG.
The incident happened around 9:56 a.m. about two miles east of Neptune Beach. Three boaters were aboard a 31-foot Yellowfin center console boat. The vessel flipped over sending all three into the water.
The boaters were in contact with Sea Tow, who notified the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville of the situation.
Once the Coast Guardsmen from Station Mayport in Atlantic Beach arrived, they found the capsized boat. They discovered two of the boaters wearing lifejackets on top of the overturned boat and the third person in the water nearby without a lifejacket.
According to the release, the boater without the lifejacket said he did put on the lifejacket however it fell off before he was rescued.
The boaters that were rescued are, Stephen W. Preeschl, 61, of Keystone Heights, Fla., Bobby Zinc, 46, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Karl Zinc, 17, of Jacksonville.
"They did the right thing by staying with their vessel instead of attempting to swim to safety," said Petty Officer 1st Class Samuel Marodis of the Sector Jacksonville command center. "When people stay with their vessels, our boat crews are typically able to locate them much sooner, saving valuable time that could make the difference in their ability to survive."
All three boaters were brought aboard a 45-food Response Boat and transported to Station Mayport.
No injuries were reported.
First Coast News