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Coast Guard assists fishing boat Kayden Nicole off Key West

Coast Guard assists fishing boat Kayden Nicole off Key West, MH-60 Jayhawk Air Station Clearwater
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter and a 47-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Sand Key participated in a search-and-rescue demonstration during a media outreach day March 11. Tampa Bay media had the opportunity to ride-a-long aboard the 47′ and capture footage of the demonstration.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Sondra-Kay Kneen.

MIAMI​ — Coast Guard rescue crews assisted a 73-foot commercial fishing boat, Kayden Nicole,​ after it started taking on water about 46 miles northwest of Key West.

The Kayden Nicole’s emergency positioning​ indicating radio beacon alerted Coast Guard watchstanders that the three person crew was in distress.

Station Key West‘s​ 45-foot Response BoatMedium crew arrived on scene and transferred a dewatering pump to the fishing crew. An Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and​ passed a second dewatering pump to the boat.​ Once the flooding was under control, the response​ boat crew​ took the​ Kayden Nicole in​ tow and brought it closer to shore.

Coast Guard assists fishing boat Kayden Nicole off Key West, Coast Guard Station Key West Response Boat
The captain of the fishing boat Kayden Nicole waves to Station Key West’s boat crew about 40 miles off the coast of Key West, Aug. 31, 2020. The fishing boat’s emergency positioning indicating locator beacon went off when it started taking on water, alerting Coast Guard crews to the crew’s distress.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The owner of the boat made arrangements for another ship in their fleet to arrive and bring the boat back home to Fort Myers.

«Due to the crew having a working and properly registered EPIRB, we were able to send rescue crews directly to their location to give them the help they needed,» said Lt. j.g. Evan Sutton, command duty officer, Sector Key West.

No injuries or pollution concerns were reported.

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