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Coast Guard rescues 4 near Clearwater Pass

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On Sunday, Four people had to be rescued by the Coast Guard after their 23-foot recreational boat capsized eight miles west of Clearwater pass.

One person on board was able contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg around 9:48 a.m., via VHF-FM radio channel 16, He yelled mayday several times.

"Using Rescue 21's fixed position we were able to pinpoint their location of distress," said Petty Officer 1st Class Ronnie Leavell, a search and rescue coordinator at the sector. 

St. Petersburg Sector Watchstanders launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key to the scene of distress. Once on scene, the boat crew pulled the four boaters out of the water. No pollution concerns have been reported. However, the location of the overturned vessel has been marked as a hazard to navigation.

"Thankfully, all four were wearing their life jackets," said Leavell. "This case could of turned out much differently if they didn't take proper precautions."

The four boaters where taken to the Sand Key Station for a post incident debriefing. No injuries have been reported.

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