Sailors Rescued Off Marco Island, Fla.

Two people were rescued by Coast Guard crewmembers and Collier County Sheriff’s Department members from a 37-foot sailing vessel after they became disabled in heavy seas 13 miles southwest of Marco Is. on Monday.

One person was retrieved from the boat around 7:00 p.m., but due to inclement weather, officials were unable to rescue the second person.

A 41-foot Utility Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach was launched in eight-foot seas, and arrived on scene approximately three hours later. The UTB crew was able to take the sailing vessel in tow and commenced the seven-hour transit to meet Tow Boat U.S. to be relieved from the tow.

Boat U.S. members relieved the UTB crew at approximately 5:20 a.m., and moored the sailing vessel at Marco Island Marina.

No injuries were reported.

“It is imperative boaters check the weather before taking to the seas,” said Lt. Mark Upson, a search and rescue watchstander at the sector. ”Weather can be very unpredictable, so checking weather conditions can help boaters stay safe on the water.”

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