The US Coast Guard informed that it rescued three teenagers from a spoil island in Hillsborough Bay, on Saturday, after receiving reports about three people stranded in a spoil island.
On Saturday, the US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call from Eckerd College Search and Rescue about three people stranded after a 21-foot boat ran aground on a spoil island.
Watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast asking for assistance from other boaters in the area. After no response to the MARB, a 29-foot Response Boat Small-II boatcrew from the US Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg was launched.
The boatcrew transported the teenagers and their dog, to William’s Park where the teen’s parents awaited. No injuries were reported.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Alan Moriwaki, a crewmember at Station St. Petersburg, noted:
We ask boaters to check the weather before leaving the dock. This includes tides, and knowing the limitations of your boat. Even in Florida you can be susceptible to cold weather.