Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue 2 sailors and their dog offshore Hernando Beach, Florida. Archive image: A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater prepare the aircraft for a training flight Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at Clearwater, Florida. Coast Guard crewmembers train daily to ensure they are ready for a multitude of emergency situations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse
CLEARWATER, Fla. — A
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescue two sailors and their dog 90 nautical miles offshore Hernando Beach, after their sailboat became disabled. Saturday, November 18, 2023.
The couple and their dog were brought back to
Air Station Clearwater in good health.
Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a digital selective calling alert, at approximately 11 a.m., alerting the Coast Guard to the mariners’ distress.
It was reported a porthole broke allowing water to get into the vessel damaging some of the electronics.
«A DSC alert allows mariners to instantly send an automatically formatted distress alert to the Coast Guard or other
rescue authority anywhere in the world,» said Lt. j.g. Connor Sullivan, command duty officer, Sector St. Petersburg. «Due to the reported water ruining the system, this alert gave us their last known position and allowed us to investigate because the owners registered it to their equipment.»
Salvage for the vessel is being coordinated.
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A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescue two people and their dog about 90 nautical miles off Hernando Beach after their sailboat became disabled, Nov. 18, 2023. The couple and dog were brought back to Air Station Clearwater in good condition. U.S. Coast Guard video. U.S. Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area. U.S. Coast Guard Southeast. Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Department of Homeland Security.