9 boaters rescued from sinking ship off Florida: NPR


“Bravo zulu to US Coast Guard Station Pensacola!” The US Coast Guard said in a tweet after a patrol crew was diverted to rescue nine boaters whose vessel began to sink near Pensacola Pass, Florida.

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9 boaters rescued from sinking ship off Florida: NPR

“Bravo zulu to US Coast Guard Station Pensacola!” The US Coast Guard said in a tweet after a patrol crew was diverted to rescue nine boaters whose vessel began to sink near Pensacola Pass, Florida.

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All are safe after nine people abandoned a sinking boat off the coast of Florida, thanks to a quick response from the US Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said it rescued all nine boaters from the water after the pleasure craft submerged about two miles south of Pensacola Pass on Saturday.

At 10:47 a.m., the Coast Guard received a distress call from the 50-foot Sport Fisher Slow Motion, according to the agency. A boat crew already patrolling the area arrived on the scene less than 10 minutes later and eventually brought boaters back to Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola.

None of the nine boaters reported any medical issues, the Coast Guard said.

The boat had already sunk by the time the rescue team arrived, a Coast Guard spokesperson told NPR.

Eight of the boaters were wearing life jackets at the time and one was not, Petty Officer 3rd Class Riley Perkofski said.

“Looks like they hit something,” Perkofski said.

He noted that there was an artificial reef transformed into a sunken ship in the area, as well as other shallow parts protruding from the nearby pier, but could not confirm the cause of the boat’s submergence.

The agency is investigating the incident, he said, adding that “investigations can take months and sometimes a year.”


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