2 rescued by Good Samaritan and Coast Guard

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — A Good Samaritan along with the Coast Guard rescued two people from an 18-foot boat taking on water at the entrance of Crystal River Wednesday.

According to the Coast Guard, a family member from shore contacted them at 8:35 p.m. They reported the boat was not able to keep up with pumps.

A Good Samaritan aboard a fishing vessel arrived and assisted the boaters.

The Coast Guard responded with an 29-foot Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, controlled the flooding and put the vessel in tow.

The boaters were transported to Half-Way boat ramp in Crystal River.

"The Coast Guard wants to remind boaters to check the weather before they go out on the water," said Seaman David Micallef, a crew member at the station. "Weather can deteriorate quickly and put boaters in danger."


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