Coast Guard medevacs man from sailboat near Lido Key

LIDO KEY, Fla. --- A Tarpon Springs man was rescued by Coast Guards after suffering from symptoms of seasickness two miles west of Big Sarasota Pass, early Saturday morning. 

According to watchstanders in St. Petersburg, Bryan Shawl, 43, radioed Coast Guard officials stating he longer was able to safely operate his 36-foot sailboat after feeling ill. 

A flight surgeon was notified and recommended Shawl be medevaced. 

"We hope Mr. Shawl feels better soon," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Wilk, the officer of the day at Station Cortez. "We recommend boaters make sure to always check the weather prior to getting underway, and always try to have another person aboard to assist if fatigue sets in." 

Shawl stated to officials that he would coordinate with commercial salvage to retrieve his sailboat. A boat crew anchored the boat, but it still posed a hazard to navigate. 

Boaters are asked to take caution when transiting the area. 

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