A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter air crew deployed a dewatering pump to the fishing crew in distress, enabling them to safely continue their course back to port.
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a mayday broadcast via VHF-FM radio, from the vessel in distress stating they were in need of assistance.
“Channel 16 is a critical lifeline between boaters in distress and the Coast Guard, said Capt. Matthew Thompson, commanding officer, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, «Having a reliable communications device like a VHF marine radio can save your life when you need assistance.»
The U.S. Coast Guard urges commercial and recreational boaters to have a marine-band VHF-FM radio on board their vessels, and to have visual and sound signaling devices available on all voyages in case of an emergency, to assist responders in search and rescue (SAR) missions.
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