Busy time for the coast guard on the gulf coast

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The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday from a Sea Tow boat 26 miles west of Cedar Key. 

At 11:04 p.m. Friday watch standers from Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from a man aboard a Sea Tow boat stating he was beset by weather, his tow line to a 33-foot fishing boat broke, and he was in need of emergency assistance.

A 27-foot Response Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater were launched, and the area's Marine Emergency Response Team was activated.

The Jayhawk crew arrived at 12:19 a.m. Saturday, hoisted the two men from the capsized hull of their boat and transported them to Air Station Clearwater.

No injuries were reported.

The boat crew arrived on scene and placed the 33-foot fishing boat in tow. They transferred the boat to another Sea Tow boat about 4:30 a.m.

The Coast Guard also rescued three boaters Wednesday after their vessel capsized near Yankeetown.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Command Center watch standers were notified at 3:45 p.m. via 911 transfer stating two women and one man capsized about a mile north of the barge canal in Yankeetown.

A boat crew aboard a 24-foot Rescue Boat from Station Yankeetown was launched at 3:46 p.m.

The boat crew arrived on scene at 4:21 p.m. and witnessed a woman in the water

clinging to the hull of the boat, and a man and another woman on top of the overturned boat.

The boat crew recovered all three people and transported them to the barge canal’s boat ramp where EMS was waiting.

No injuries were reported.

“The boat is currently capsized and remains anchored,” said  Lt. Jason Holstead, command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg. “All mariners are reminded to use caution when transiting the area.”