NASSAU COUNTY, FL – Six people, including four children, had to be rescued after their boat struck an object near the St. Marys piers on Friday, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, one of the children on board called 911. This child was able to inform a dispatcher that his boat was taking on water before the call dropped. Dispatch was unable to reconnect the call.
Jacksonville Coast Guard area observers were informed at 5:02 p.m. by the Canadian Coast Guard Sea Dragon crew that they had received a call via VHF-FM Channel 13 from the dredging vessel’s crew. Padre Island indicating that the Wolf River crew had encountered six people in the water. .
The 17-foot vessel was drained and brought to the nearest boat launch. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office transferred the coastguard’s family to their boat and escorted them to a boat launch in St. Marys.
No injuries were reported.
“In the Florida and Southeast Georgia area, we remind boaters that at this time of year the possibility of hypothermia still exists,” said Bosnian Kristian Sova, Commander of the Coast Guard. Sea Dragon. If you can, stay with your boat and try to stay together as a group. This greatly increases the likelihood that first responders will find you if you ever need help; it was a very happy result, a special thank you to those who took part in this rescue.
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