ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescue one male and transferred seven persons to safety after vessel collision 30 nautical miles west of Sarasota, Florida. Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
Coast Guard St. Petersburg watchstanders deployed a MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew to assist.
The Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and transported one male passenger experiencing a head injury to Tampa General Hospital for higher medical care.
At approximately 5:40 a.m., Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders were notified of a 34-foot commercial fishing vessel with two people aboard and a 23-foot vessel with six people aboard reportedly colliding and both damaged. A Coast Guard Station Cortez rescue boatcrews arrived after the report to assist.
“Through the activation of an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), U.S. Coast Guard units were able to locate and assist the other seven people from the vessels in distress,” said Kevin Coyne, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “This rescue is a testament to the teamwork it takes to save lives.”
The owners are coordinating with commercial salvage for the vessels and the cause of the incident is currently under investigation.
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