Published: Feb 14, 2011 6:15 PM EST
Updated: Feb 14, 2011 3:15 PM EST

CLEARWATER- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two scuba divers after their boat started taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say about 3:50 p.m. Sunday two commercial fishing charter boats reported they were helping two men bailing water on a 16-foot boat. They asked for assistance from the Coast Guard.

The cutter Alligator arrived at the scene and launched a small boat and crew to rescue the men. The Coast Guard brought Justin Bailey and Charlie Schumaker to shore. The boat was towed to Clearwater Beach, where officials discovered a cracked hull.

--- Information from: St. Petersburg Times,

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