Coast Guard rescues 2 men stranded off the coast of Bradenton

Two boaters were rescued off the coast of Bradenton by USGC
Two boaters were rescued off the coast of Bradenton by USGC(USGC)
Updated: Dec. 12, 2020 at 2:40 PM EST
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BRADENTON, Fla. ( WWSB) -Two boaters had an unexpected fishing trip after their boat sank on Saturday afternoon.

The United States Coast Guard has rescued two men after a boat sank 40 miles off the coast of Bradenton.

U.S. Coast Guards were able to rescue the two men quickly all thanks to their PLB Beacon, a personal locator beacon, which directed the rescue team to where to find them.

“Personal locator beacon going off 40 miles off from St. Petersburg we hustled to the helicopter and zipped out there really quickly, and there was a boat upside down with two gentlemen sitting on it with both jackets,” says USCG Commander Micah Acree.

It took the Coast Guard about an hour to locate the boaters.

Rescue crews say if they didn’t have that PLB Beacon, it could have taken them days to find them.

“These guys did everything right. They had an EPUB and a life jacket and it could’ve gone a lot worse they could’ve been in the water a lot longer they didn’t have those things,” says Sherri Helgoe, a USCG flight mechanic.

Within 30 minutes, the men were taken out of the water and brought back to land at the U.S. Coast Gaurd station in Clearwater.

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