Coast Guard rescues overdue boater 9 miles southeast of Fort Pierce

Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrew prepares for an evening training flight, Monday, May 7, 2018 at Opa-locka Executive Airport in Opa-locka, Florida. Air Station Miami operates a fleet of five MH-65D Dolphin helicopters and five HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft.
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrew prepares for an evening training flight, Monday, May 7, 2018 at Opa-locka Executive Airport in Opa-locka, Florida. Air Station Miami operates a fleet of five MH-65D Dolphin helicopters and five HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Jospeh Feldman.

MIAMI — A Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter crew from AIRSTA Miami rescued an overdue boater Wednesday approximately nine miles southeast of Fort Pierce.

Rescued was: Justin Skiff, 29.

Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the 14-foot skiff and hoisted the boater, who reportedly ran out of gas, while a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat crew towed the boat back to the station.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Holman utilizes Coast Guard search and rescue software to create search patterns at Coast Guard Sector Miami, Florida, Jan. 8, 2020. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located a 14-foot skiff and hoisted a missing boater, who reportedly ran out of gas, while a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat crew towed the boat back to the station.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Holman utilizes Coast Guard search and rescue software to create search patterns at Coast Guard Sector Miami, Florida, Jan. 8, 2020. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located a 14-foot skiff and hoisted a missing boater, who reportedly ran out of gas, while a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat crew towed the boat back to the station.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Delgado.

At approximately 8:44 p.m., Tuesday, Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received​ notification from the mother of an overdue boater who left from Sandspirit Park Boat Ramp that morning, and was supposed to return at 7 p.m.

Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders directed the launch of Coast Guard Stations Lake Worth Inlet and Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement crews,​ diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Cochito (WPB-87329) crew, and Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders directed the launch of an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to search.

A 14-foot skiff afloat approximately 9 miles southeast of Fort Pierce, Florida, Jan. 8, 2020. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located a 14-foot skiff and hoisted a missing boater, who reportedly ran out of gas, while a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat crew towed the boat back to the station.
A 14-foot skiff afloat approximately 9 miles southeast of Fort Pierce, Florida, Jan. 8, 2020. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located a 14-foot skiff and hoisted a missing boater, who reportedly ran out of gas, while a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat crew towed the boat back to the station.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Tallant.

“Once our Seventh District and Sector Miami watchstanders received the call, they diligently coordinated and planned out the multiple asset launches​ and​ search patterns that led to the rescue of the missing boater,” said Capt. Dan Jones, deputy commander at Sector Miami. “The boater himself also contributed to the success of the mission by making a float plan which lets people know your schedule so they can alert the Coast Guard in a timely manner if it isn’t adhered to. We also want to remind boaters to make sure they have the necessary safety equipment including EPIBRs, flares and VHF radios. Above all else, look out for each other. If you see suspicious activity, report it. You may save a life.”

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A Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew tows a 14-foot skiff, Jan. 8, 2020 approximately 9 miles southeast of Fort Pierce, Florida. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located a 14-foot skiff and hoisted a missing boater, who reportedly ran out of gas, while a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat crew towed the boat back to the station.
A Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew tows a 14-foot skiff, Jan. 8, 2020 approximately 9 miles southeast of Fort Pierce, Florida. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located a 14-foot skiff and hoisted a missing boater, who reportedly ran out of gas, while a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat crew towed the boat back to the station.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Tallant.

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