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7th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Nov. 26, 2012

Contact: 7th Coast Guard District

Office: (305) 415-6683

Coast Guard rescues man from water

Miami— Coast Guard personnel rescued a man from the water north east of Cape Florida, Fla., Monday morning.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Miami received a report from the City of Miami Fire Rescue this morning of a man in the water holding on to a cooler screaming for help.

Coast Guard Air Station Miami launched a MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew, and Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., launched a Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat crew to rescue the man from the water.

The Station Miami Beach crew arrived safely on scene and rescued the man from the water.

The Coast Guard later learned there were two men aboard the vessel that sunk, and one man had already made it to shore.  

There are no reports of injuries, and both men are being evaluated by emergency services personnel.

"The Coast Guard highly recommends the use of personal flotation devices to all boaters," said Petty Officer 1st Class Abiola Ideraabdullah, with Coast Guard Sector Miami Beach, Fla. "The chances for survival are greatly increased when boaters wear their flotation devices, along with using float plans describing your intentions."

The cause of the sunken vessel is under investigation.



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