Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
8th District Public
Guard rescues 9 from boat taking on water
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued nine people from a sinking boat
approximately 115 nautical miles south of Destin, Florida, Saturday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call at about 9 p.m.
Friday that a 61-foot sportfisher boat was taking on water approximately 115
nautical miles south of Destin.
Involved in the rescue were:
- HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircrew from Coast Guard
Aviation Training Center Mobile was first on the scene and delivered a
dewatering pump and a radio to the vessel.
- MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air
Station Clearwater, Florida, who delivered a dewatering pump and radio to
- MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air
Station New Orleans.
- Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher, who transferred the
passengers of the vessel onto the cutter and towed the boat to
approximately 40 nautical miles from Destin. SeaTow then took over the tow
at that point.
- Good Samaritans aboard the vessel Brace Yourself.
- SeaTow, who took over the tow of the vessel at
approximately 40 nautical miles from Destin.
Passengers of the flooding vessel were able to keep up with the flooding of
the boat by manually bailing the water and using the dewatering pumps that were
All the people aboard the boat were wearing lifejackets, had two life rafts
prepared, a satellite phone, an emergency position indicating radio beacon, and
various sound and signaling devices. The Coast Guard was able to assist the
distressed mariners due to the EPIRB being activated and the satellite phone
being used to contact someone on land, and locate them due to the sound and