BOCA GRANDE PASS, Fla. — Four people were assisted by Coast Guard crews after the 24-foot boat they were aboard began taking on water 11 miles south of Boca Grande Pass, Wednesday.
Members aboard the boat contacted Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach watchstanders at 9:50 a.m., via VHF-FM channel 16 radio reporting they were taking on water, in need of assistance and had their life jackets on.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin, homeported in Fort Myers Beach, arrived on scene, assessed the situation and began to dewater the boat. It was determined the boat also had a disabled battery due to the flooding.
A 41-foot Utility Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach arrived on scene and took the boat in tow and will transport them to Punta Rassa boat ramp.
No injuries were reported.
"The good part about this situation is they had a VHF-FM radio aboard, and they all had their life jackets on," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Morell, a search and rescue watchstander at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. "We understand sometimes things happen, but if you have the proper safety equipment aboard it can help a situation from deteriorating."