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Coast Guard rescue 4 from life raft off St. Petersburg

Coast Guard rescue 4 from life raft off St. Petersburg
Archive image: Coast guard members from Air Station Clearwater, Florida stage their aircraft in Army hangar 840 Sept. 12, at Hunter Army Airfield as they prepared for search and rescue missions.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sgt. Ryan Tatum, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigate.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescue 4 survivors from a life raft Monday after their fishing vessel “Right Stuff” sank 69 nautical miles west of St. Petersburg.

Rescued were: Matt W., 42, Heather W., 40, Nicole M., 22, and Mickey M., 26.

The Coast Guard aircrew arrived on scene, hoisted the survivors aboard the aircraft and​ transported them to Air Station Clearwater where Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel awaited.​

“This event highlights the importance of having proper survival gear and the thorough preparation by the crew of the vessel,” said, Lt. Cmdr. Jason Maddux, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot at Air Station Clearwater. “Having lifejackets, and a liferaft was critical for the survival of these four individuals.”

The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter hoists four survivors from a life raft after their fishing vessel sank Feb. 13, 2022, 60 nautical miles west of St. Petersburg.
The four survivors were transported to Air Station Clearwater where they were transferred to awaiting Emergency Medical Services personnel for evaluations.
U.S. Coast Guard video.
U.S. Coast Guard Southeast.
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Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders received an Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) distress signal from the sinking fishing vessel before its occupants abandoned the vessel and embarked on a life raft.​

Watchstanders​ directed the launch of an Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter to locate the boaters and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to alert marine traffic in the area. A good Samaritan vessel received the UMIB and remained on scene during the rescue monitoring the situation and ready to provide rescue assistance.

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