CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Four boaters were rescued from their capsized boat in the Gulf of Mexico about 12 miles west of Johns Pass on Saturday.
The U.S. Coast Guard said that Joseph Fernandez, 55, Philip Fernandez, 42, Erick Quesada, 40 and Samantha Fernandez, 8, all from Clearwater, were saved around 6:20 a.m. about an hour after the emergency call came into the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a boat crew were dispatched to the area and discovered all four individuals, who were reportedly wearing their life jackets, clinging to the hull of the boat.
"This is a testament to the importance of having working radio communications and life jackets aboard your vessel. They were prepared for the worst case scenario. Due to their preparation, we were immediately notified of the distress, we pinpointed their location and rescued them in about an hour from the initial call," Sector St. Petersburg command duty officer Chief Warrant Officer Robert Swanson said.
The boaters were taken aboard the helicopter to Air Station Clearwater for medical evaluation. None of the boaters were injured in the incident.
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