Coast Guard rescues 2 near John's Pass

8:53 PM, Jan 11, 2014   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The Coast Guard rescued two people on Saturday after the 36-foot commercial fishing vessel they were aboard began taking on water 64 miles west of John's Pass.

The Coast Guard says a person aboard the vessel contacted them at 1:38 p.m., reporting they were keeping up with the flooding with a hand-held pump but needed assistance.

A helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater arrived on scene, delivered a de-watering pump to the vessel and lowering a rescue swimmer to assist.

Once the pump was functional, the vessel and crew were able to start the engine and make their way back to shore.

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