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7th District Southeast Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

August 15, 2012


Contact: 7th Coast Guard District

Email: D07-SMB-PAMIAMI@uscg.mil

Office: (305) 415-6683

Three people abandon their vessel, Coast Guard rescues them from the water

MIAMI — Three people were rescued by a Coast Guard Station Ft. Pierce rescue crew, who found them clinging to floating seat cushions approximately 20 miles east of St. Lucie Inlet, Fla., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Miami command center watchstanders recieved the distress call over VHF-radio stating that the 27-foot long boat, La Dulce Vida, was taking on water and the three people were forced to abandon the vessel.

Coast Guard watchstanders quickly launched a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Ft. Pierce who arrived on scene, located the three individuals wearing lifejackets in the water and safely rescued them. 

"Preemptive safety executed by the three individuals played a crucial role in their successful rescue," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Brodhead, coxswain aboard the RB-M. "Having their lifejackets on and hanging onto a seat cushion allowed us valuable time to find them and prevented them from being in any further danger."

The rescued were taken to station Ft. Pierce where they were later released with no reported injuries.

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