Coast Guard Rescues 30 After Boat Sinks


According to the Coast Guard, the boat capsized around 5:30 p.m. within view of downtown Miami. The incident is the latest mishap linked to the water-logged festivities on Biscayne Bay during the holiday weekend. In the past, there have been deaths. There were no major injuries in Sunday's capsizing and plenty of helpers. As the boat began to sink, nearby boaters rushed to pitch in, helping the first responders pull people from the bay. The Coast Guard led the rescue effort, with several agencies pitching in, including Miami Fire-Rescue, Miami Beach police and Sea Tow. Officials credited the quick rescue to the cooperation between the good Samaritans and responding agencies. All 30 people — and the one canine — were rescued in a matter of minutes, Coast Guard Station Miami Beach Commanding Officer Mike Cortese said. It was unclear why the boat began taking on water near the Miami Seaquarium off the Rickenbacker Causeway. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, tasked with investigating the accident, is looking at whether overcrowding may have played a role.

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