Boaters Adrift for 8 Days Rescued by Coast Guard

Two Bahamian citizens who said they drifted at sea for eight days were rescued by a Miami-based Coast Guard helicopter on Saturday which hoisted them from their capsized boat off Palm Beach.

The rescue began when Miami Sector received a call of a capsized vessel with two people sitting on the hull in waters off Riviera Beach.

A Coast Guard cutter and helicopter from Air Station Miami rushed to the scene. The two men told rescuers they had been drifting for eight days and had swallowed a salt water.

The decision was made to hoist the two boaters from the ocean. The two were taken to Del Ray Medical Center. Their condition is unknown.

The Coast Guard urges all boaters, especially those traveling to remote areas, to carry an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or a Personal Locator Beacon.

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