Two Men “Lucky” to be Rescued 13 Miles Offshore

Just another reminder to make sure you have all safety equipment on board.

Two Englewood, FL residents are safe after being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard approximately 13 miles west of Stump Pass, Fla., Tuesday.

The two men were spotted sitting on the hull of their submerged vessel frantically waiving their arms 1800 yards away by watch-standers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback, home-ported in Miami, while it was in transit to dry dock.

The cutter Diamondback launched their small boat crew who took the men off the submerged vessel and brought them aboard the cutter.

“Luck on behalf of the survivors along with vigilant watchstanding by the cutter Diamondbacks crew ultimately saved their lives as their vessel capsized prior to them making any callouts for help and they didn’t have any kind of signaling equipment on board,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert Wood, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg’s command center. “Having an electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) on board all vessels is highly recommended to expedite the rescue process in distress cases unforseen.”

The two men were transferred to Coast Guard Station Cortez. No injuries were reported.

Courtesy of www.coastguardnews.com.

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