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Coast Guard assists man from disabled boat near Vero Beach

Coast Guard assists man from disabled boat near Vero Beach
Archive image: Coast Guard air crews and health service technicians are briefed at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater before a C-130 flight to Andros Island in preparation for Hurricane Dorian response, Sept. 2, 2019.
The Coast Guard prestages and relocates personnel and assets to be able to have a rapid post-storm response.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ayla Kelley.

MIAMI — A Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce rescue crew assisted a man, Thursday, after his 27-foot vessel was disabled near Vero Beach.

The rescue crew towed the disabled vessel and brought the man to the Smithsonian public docks.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules aircrew spotted the disabled vessel about 5 miles east of Vero Beach and helped route a Station Fort Pierce rescue crew to the vessel.

The man departed Tuesday at approximately 12 p.m. and was expected to make it to West End, Bahamas, by that night.​

Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received an agency assist request, at approximately 6:30 p.m, Wednesday, from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force of an overdue vessel on a voyage from Stuart to West End, Bahamas.

No medical concerns were reported.

“We remind mariners to have a marine radio, wear a life jacket, check the weather before going out, tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back, ensure your safety gear is up to date, and have a registered emergency position indicator radio beacon on board,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Maguire, coxswain at Station Fort Pierce. “Although cell phones are a good backup, the best method of communication while on the water is having a marine radio, a VHF-FM radio set to channel 16.”

Download the free Coast Guard app. Focusing on recreational boating, the app has a float plan function, the ability to check weather reports from the nearest NOAA buoys, a function for calling for assistance when in distress and more. It is currently available for free on iOS and Android devices.

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