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Coast Guard assisted a fishing crew 115 nm west of Anclote Island

Coast Guard assists a fishing crew 115 nm west of Anclote Island
Archive image: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) conducts flight operations with a MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, January 20, 2020.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Seneca is a 270-foot Medium-Endurance Cutter based in Boston, Massachusetts.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aux. David Lau.

PETERSBURG, Fla. – A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk MRR helicopter aircrew assisted the crew of the 45-foot fishing vessel taking on water 115 nautical miles west of Anclote Island, Monday.

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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