Coast Guard rescue woman from water 36 nautical miles west of Sand Key

Coast Guard rescue woman from water 36 nautical miles west of Sand Key
Archive image: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Erick Lieb, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, forward deployed to Great Inagua, Bahamas, walks to a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after escorting a Coast Guard crew member to the hospital at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Sept. 25, 2016.
Though the Jayhawk crew’s primary mission is drug interdiction in support of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos, the crew often performs search-and-rescue missions while forward deployed.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescue a 29-year-old woman from the water 36 nautical miles west of Sand Key, Friday.​

The rescued was S.R.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew arrived on scene, safely hoisted the woman and transferred her to Tampa General Hospital for medical evaluation. No injuries were reported.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center​ watchstanders​ received a notification from a vessel operator at approximately 8 p.m., reporting the woman fell overboard while underway.

The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot boat crew, an MH-60 Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew​ and the Coast Guard​ Cutter Shrike crew to assist in the search and rescue (SAR) efforts.

“Everyone should utilize a life jacket when in the water due to the flotation and high visibility they provide,”​ said Cmdr. Shawn Lansing, Sector St. Petersburg deputy commander.​ “This is why we urge all boaters to have life jackets with them.These attributes make locating a person in the water easier for search and rescue crews.”

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