A watchstander at US Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce received a cell phone call from a mariner in distress reporting they were disabled with three people, two adults and one child, aboard and need assistance. A Station Fort Pierce 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew was deployed to assist.
The station crew towed the disable pleasure craft to the Fort Pierce Inlet, transferred the boat to a Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew, who took the vessel to the Stan Blum Boat Ramp.
There were no injuries.
Cmdr. Jason Aleksak, Coast Guard Sector Miami search and rescue mission coordinator, mentioned:
We want to remind people that any time you plan on getting underway there are few things you can do to keep safe, like ensuring you have a VHF-FM marine band radio onboard your vessel, wearing your life jacket and having emergency signaling devices.
In the meantime, USCG continue its normal operations to ensure the maritime community is safe in South Florida while Hurricane Florence relief efforts continue up north.