Marine Units respond to sinking boat off Charlotte County

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL-Marine Units from both the Sheriff’s Office and Charlotte County Fire Department responded Thursday afternoon to the report of a boat sinking in Charlotte Harbor.

 The Sheriff’s Office received a call just before 4:00 pm Thursday June 12 that a 14 foot boat was taking on water and that there were four people on board.  The boat was in Charlotte Harbor in the area of the US 41 bridges.  Marine Units from the Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department both responded.  The Sheriff’s Office’s Aviation Unit also responded to help locate the boat.

When the Marine Units arrived at the boat, they found the four people in the water wearing their personal floatation vests.  The boat itself was already mostly under water.

The boat’s occupants were taken aboard the Fire Department’s boat and transported to Laishley Park.  They appeared to be in good condition.  The Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit stayed with the boat until SeaTow arrived to tow the vessel back to Laishley.