Seven rescued from sinking boat

PONCE INLET, Fla. – Seven people were rescued Thursday morning after their boat started to take on water near Disappearing Island at Ponce Inlet.

At 7:14 a.m. a good Samaritan reported to watchstanders that a 53-foot boat, Big Buddy, was grounded and beginning to flood as the tide started to come in.

The watchstanders immediately began broadcasting a radio call, asking nearby boaters to assist and directed the launch of the boat crew from Station Ponce De Leon Inlet.

A Coast Guard boat crew from Station Ponce De Leon Inlet brought four of the seven adults aboard the Coast Guard vessel and a commercial salvage boat picked up the three remaining people and took them to Lighthouse Boatyard and Marina in Ponce Inlet.

No injuries have been reported.

The owner of the vessel hired a commercial salvage company and is currently working with the company to devise a salvage plan for the boat.

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to use nautical charts, aids to navigation and the local notice to mariners and to familiarize themselves with the areas where they plan to operate a vessel.


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