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Tanker crew saves fishermen after seeing flare

Captain Bob pic

A tanker crew saved the lives of three fishermen after seeing a flare fired after a fishing boat capsized.

The three fishermen capsized in their 38-foot fishing vessel, Captain Bob, around 45 miles west of Egmont Key, Florida, one evening in September.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received notification from the American Pride crew they saw the capsized vessel and launched its rescue boat to investigate.

While en route, they witnessed a red flare sighting and diverted to that position where they saw two men and a female in a liferaft and took them back to the American Pride.

A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot Response boat—Medium crew launched and the three were transferred and transported to Station St. Petersburg where they were released in good condition. 

Matthew Thompson, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg commander, says, “The quick and selfless actions of the American Pride crew saved three lives today.”

Previously that day, the Coast Guard responded to an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert from the Captain Bob. Once on scene, the Jayhawk aircrew located Captain Bob at anchor and stable, but was unable to establish radio contact. 

A marine casualty investigation to determine the cause of the vessel capsizing is ongoing. 

The photo is by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Micallef, U.S. Coast Guard District 7    
Oct 04, 2019