4 men thrown overboard near Miami, found alive

12:59 PM, Mar 8, 2014   |    comments
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MIAMI - Four fishermen who were thrown overboard from their vessel are alive Saturday morning after spending more than 10 hours of hours in the water. Two men were rescued by a good Samaritan, one man was rescued by Fire Boat 1, from the City of Miami Department of Fire Rescue, and one man swan to shore after their 22-foot Seacraft boat capsized in Key Biscayne, Fla., Friday night around 7 p.m. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received the initial report at 6:30 a.m. from Fire Rescue dispatchers after one man swan to shore and called 911 to report the incident.

Watchstanders launched a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft - Law Enforcement boat from Station Miami Beach, Fla., and an MH-65 helicopter from Air Station Miami to begin search efforts. Additionally, watchstanders issued a Urgent Marine Information Broadcast for vessels in the area to be on the lookout for three people in the water. 

"These four men are returning home to their loved ones today because they were smart, prepared and wore their life jackets," said Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma the Coast Guard Seventh District Public Affairs Officer. "We cannot stress enough that emergencies on the water can happen at any moment and today's incident illustrates the need to have safety equipment on board and readily available." 

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