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Photos: Three Boaters Rescued off Tampa Coast, Back on Dry Land

Photos: Three Boaters Rescued off Tampa Coast, Back on Dry Land

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Three boaters who were rescued by the Coast Guard Monday are back on dry land Tuesday evening.

Coast Guard officials relayed this comment to 970 WFLA from one of the survivors. "I'm doing fine now," said Cleveland Fair, a 74-year-old resident of Mandeville, La. "Since the Coast Guard arrived and picked us up, we all have been doing great." 

On Monday, their 30-foot sailing vessel suffered engine failure 80 miles west of Tampa, according to the U.S. Coast Guard office in St. Petersburg.

Coast Guard officials said watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District in Miami received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon distress signal at 8:50 a.m. Monday. Coast Guard officials then said a good Samaritan arrived on scene with the boat at 9:30 a.m. and relayed information to the watchstanders.  

"It's a good thing they had a working EPIRB with them," said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Vess, a search and rescue coordinator at the sector. "Being 80 miles offshore, it was the only method they could alert the Coast Guard of their distress.”

No one was injured.

Photos provided by the US Coast Guard in St. Petersburg.


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