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Coast Guard rescues 3 from waters off Tarpon Springs

1:58 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Three people were rescued by the Coast Guard seven miles west of Tarpon Springs after they capsized Friday.

One of the boaters contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders around 10:40 a.m. reporting they were taking on water and were in need of assistance.

A helicopter crew arrived on scene and found all three people clinging to the overturned boat. The crew hoisted all three people and took them to Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater about an hour after the call came in, in good condition with no medical concerns.

"We were already in the air when we received the mayday call with their position, then it went silent," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jake Ylitalo, a crewmember aboard the Jayhawk. "We were able to get on scene and get them out of the water quickly, because they had that radio on board."


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