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Coast Guard rescues Bradenton boater caught in weather

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CORTEZ, FL (WWSB) - The Coast Guard has rescued a boater stranded under the Bradenton Beach pier Sunday.

According to a news release, Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received the call around 11 a.m. reporting a boater clinging to the pier in need of assistance. The boater was in a 10-foot dingy, and state the engine was disabled and he could not paddle through the high winds and rough seas.

No injuries were reported after a 29-foot Response Boat Small II boatcrew from Station Cortez towed the man and his boat to the Bridge Tender Inn pier.

"We want to remind mariners to check the weather, and know your boat's limitations before heading out on the water," says Richard T. Hutchinson, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector St. Petersburg. "The National Weather Service currently has much of the region under a tornado watch, and issued a special marine warning."

Manatee County is under a tornado warning until 3:30 p.m..