St. Petersburg, Florida -- A Coast
Guard crew pulled two people out of the water Saturday after their 19-foot boat
capsized near the Belleair Causeway.
Samaritan notified Coast Guard Station Sand Key watchstanders at approximately
9 a.m., of the boat taking on water and capsizing with two people aboard.
Special Purpose Craft - Shallow Water boatcrew from the station arrived on
scene, pulled the two people from the water with no medical concerns and
transported them to Belleair boat ramp.
gentlemen were partially in the water when we arrived on scene, thier
lifejackets had already drifted away," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig
Sappo, a crewmember at the station. "Everyone is very lucky we got there
when we did. Our concern is that because they were not wearing thier
lifejackets initially, it could have been a much different outcome. We
want to stress the Coast Guard may not be able to get there in time, so wear
your lifejackets at all times."