VILANO BEACH, Florida. On Saturday, July 22, the Coast Guard District 7 cutter crew at Mayport Station helped three people from a disabled sailboat as a thirty-foot sailboat remained disabled off the coast of Vilano Beach.
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Jacksonville Coast Guard Command Center monitors received a VHF-FM alert at 5:53 pm. The message was from the captain of the sailboat, saying that the boat had broken down during a passing storm.
The observers rushed into action and launched a rescue team on a 45-foot boat.
When the boat crew arrived on the scene, they took the disabled boat in tow and took the boatmen and their boat to the Vilano Beach Fishing Pier in St. Augustine.
Fortunately, no one was hurt.
“It’s very important to check weather forecasts before going out on the water,” said Senior Warrant Officer Alfredo Rivera, Sector Commander on Duty Jacksonville. “We always recommend that sailors be as prepared as possible by constantly monitoring the weather as it can be unpredictable and dangerous.”
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