ST. PETERSBURG, FL. – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people after a 75 ft. yacht sank while attempting to tow a 32 ft. boat 19 miles off Egmont Key, Florida on Saturday morning.
Watchstanders in St. Petersburg received a mayday call at 7:20 a.m. from a boat reporting four people were aboard the 32 ft. vessel, John Deer Green, and that it was taking on water.
Coast Guard deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Clearwater and a 45 ft. response boat from Cortez, along with a rescue swimmer and a dewatering pump to handle the flooding.
Upon arriving, the Coast Guard learned that a 75 ft. boat, The Steel Kelly, attempted to tow the John Deer Green, but later sank. The two boaters aboard that vessel were able to board the John Deer Green safely before being submerged.
The Coast Guard crew was able to tow the remaining distressed boat to the Bradenton Beach Marina.
No injuries were reported, and the Coast Guard confirmed everyone was wearing a life jacket.
“They were all wearing life jackets and continuously updated us on their position which expedited our search. We recommend before going out on your boat, check the weather and ensure to get a free vessel safety check from a local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brigitta Lambright