Specifically, the Coast Guard response boat—medium boatcrew spotted a red flare in the vicinity of Black Point while they were on patrol.
The boatcrew diverted and arrived on scene with a 21-foot pleasure craft taking on water with four people aboard.
According to Petty Officer 1st Class Sarah Benton, Coast Guard Sector Miami command duty officer, the mariners had onboard emergency signaling devices, like flares, which helped the Coast Guard notice and rescue the vessel in a timely manner.
Petty Officer advises for anyone getting onboard to always have emergency equipment aboard like flares, life jackets VHF-FM radio and an emergency position indicating radio beacon.
In addition, this incident highlights that being prepared with an emergency equipment can save one from a potentially bad situation.
Concluding, the rescue crew brought the mariners and towed the vessel to Black Point Marina with no reported injuries.