Published: Nov 16, 2013 6:06 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Coast Guard rescued a boater Friday after his vessel capsized in Estero Bay.


Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a transferred distress call at 9 p.m. They say a good Samaritan reported he observed a capsized dinghy sinking 20 feet from his vessel and he heard a low-pitch call for 'help'.

Watchstanders launched a boatcrew aboard a 29–foot Response Boat-Small from Fort Myers Beach.

Coast Guard says they recovered the man from the water and transferred him to the station where they were met by EMS. 

"This case is a great example of why it's so important to wear your life jacket at all times when out on the water," Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael McHugh, coxswain during the rescue. "Bad situations can be made much worse without the proper safety gear."