A US Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched and once on scene embarked three people, from the good Samaritan vessel, American Pride, and transported them to Station St. Petersburg where they were released in good condition.
US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received notification from the American Pride crew reporting they saw the capsized vessel Captain Bob and deployed its rescue boat to investigate.
While heading to the vessel, it was reported the good Samaritans saw a red flare sighting and diverted to that position where they located two men and a female in a life raft.
In a previous incident, USCG responded to an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert from the 38-foot fishing vessel Captain Bob. Once on scene, the Jayhawk aircrew located Captain Bob at anchor and stable, but was unable to establish radio contact.
The quick and selfless actions of the American Pride crew saved three lives
stated Capt. Matthew Thompson, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg commander.
A marine casualty investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the ship capsizing.