Coast Guard Responds to Flooding Yacht

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback towed a 70-foot motor yacht Wednesday.

There, the tow was transferred to a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., and the Belle Amie was brought to St. Johns Boat Company.

Five people aboard the Belle Amie were in distress approximately 50 miles east of Fernandina Beach, Fla., while the yacht was taking on water following a fire aboard Wednesday morning.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center were notified of the situation at 8:47 a.m. Wednesday.

At 9:40 a.m., the five adults aboard extinguished the fire but the vessel continued to take on water. All five people had reportedly donned life jackets as a precaution. The mariners reported the vessel had lost all power and was dead in the water.

Coast Guardsmen from Station Mayport responded, along with the crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback. Two Coast Guard helicopter crews were also launched and arrived on scene at 10:30 a.m.

A Good Samaritan aboard the 56-foot vessel Tippe Canoe was on scene providing assistance to the five mariners and remained there until the Coast Guard arrived.

Two of the Belle Amie boaters were transferred to the Station Mayport boat and taken to Station Mayport Wednesday afternoon to begin making arrangements for the Belle Amie. Two Coast Guardsmen from Station Mayport are staying on the Belle Amie with the three remaining boaters while the yacht is being towed.

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