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Coast Guard assists 1 from disabled vessel on Chassahowitzka River

Coast Guard assists 1 from disabled vessel on Chassahowitzka River
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, deployed to Great Inagua, Bahamas, lands Friday, July 21, 2017 to assist 88 Haitian migrants off Little Inagua, Bahamas.
The Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force rescued the migrants on the island after receiving a request to assist by the Bahamian government.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew assisted one person Friday after his 24-foot vessel became disabled on Chassahowitzka River.

An Air Station ClearwaterMH-60 JayhawkMedium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew arrived on scene,​ determined the individual to be in good health and​ directed a searching family member to his position.

The family member safely transported the individual ashore.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg​ command center watchstanders were notified Thursday, at​ approximately 9 p.m., of an overdue person on a 24-foot vessel.

«We were able to respond to the situation before it had time to escalate,» said Capt. Matthew Thompson, Sector St. Petersburg commander. «Before heading out on the water, make sure you have the required safety gear on board including a reliable means of communication so you get home safe at the end of the day.»

Coast Guard assists 1 from disabled vessel on Chassahowitzka River
Archive image: CLEARWATER, Fla. – A rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., is hoisted to an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during training with Coast Guard Station Sand Key, in Clearwater.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer Brodie MacDonald.

The owner of the boat is making salvage arrangements.​

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