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Coast Guard rescues 4 from sinking boat

Posted at 12:01 PM, Nov 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 03:16:05-05

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla-- Four people are now home safe after being rescued from a sinking boat in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The Coast Guard said the rescue took place approximately 6 miles south west of Sanibel Island.

A Coast Guard spokesperson said on Saturday, November 4th a mayday call went out around 7:30 p.m. from a boater stating he was taking on water, experiencing mechanical issues and in need of emergency assistance.

A Coast Guard boat reached the boat and 4 people within an hour and towed the boat to Sanibel Marina. 

"This is an excellent example of how important it is for mariners to have a working VHF-FM radio aboard their vessel," said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Miller. 
No injuries were reported.