St. Petersburg, Florida - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people Monday from a disabled boat in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles west of Tampa.
An emergency beacon sent a distress signal at 8:50 a.m. and within 40 minutes a good Samaritan arrived on scene to offer help and relay information to the coast guard.
"An aircrew aboard an MH 60-Jayawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater was launched to the location of distressed mariners," the coast giard said Monday night. "Once on scene, the Jayhawk's crew spotted the sailing vessel Grateful with three people aboard. "
The 110-foot Cuter Nantucket was launched from St Petersburg and took the vessel in tow by 5:30 p.m., the coast guard said.
"It's a good thing they had a working EPIRB with them," said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Vess, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector St. Petersburg. "Being 80 miles offshore, it was the only method they could alert the Coast Guard of their distress."
The coast guard said the Nantucket planned to transfer towing operation to a commercial towing agency once closer to land.
No one was reported injured.
U.S. Coast Guard