Coast Guard Rescues 3 People, One Dog from Overturned Vessel

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MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater prepares the aircraft for a training flight Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at Air Station Clearwater, Florida. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Michael De Nyse)

NEW ORLEANS -- The Coast Guard rescued three people and a dog from a capsized fishing vessel offshore Apalachicola, Florida, on Thursday.

All passengers aboard, including the dog, were rescued and no injuries were reported, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 11 a.m. that the 64-foot fishing vessel Pete's Dream, was taking on water about 70 nautical miles offshore Apalachicola, with three people and a dog aboard.

In the process of launching rescue assets, Sector Mobile received an additional report that all three people and the dog abandoned ship and boarded a life raft. One of the passengers was able to use a satellite phone to communicate to shore.

At approximately 1 p.m., a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew located the raft near the last known location of the fishing vessel.

Shortly after, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and picked up the three passengers and the dog. They were transported back to Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.

"Abandoning ship into the life raft and bringing a satellite phone was the absolute right decision," said Lt. Cmdr. Corrie Sergent, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Mobile. "Thanks to their quick actions, the Coast Guard was able to locate them and bring them safely home to their families."

This article is written by Wendy Victora from Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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