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Coast Guard rescues four boaters after their craft capsizes in gulf

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Four rescued in gulf after boat capsizes

Four boaters from New Port Richey were rescued Tuesday night after their boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico 15 miles west of the Weeki Wachee River, according to Coast Guard officials.

Mike Place, Ray Burch, Richard Walton and Jim Lowdergon were picked by a helicopter at 6:20 p.m. shortly after it was reported that their 23-foot Wellcraft was rapidly taking on water, said Petty Officer Sondra-Kay Kneen. The men, whose ages weren't provided, called 911 before the boat overturned.

The men were taken to the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater and were released without requiring hospitalization, Kneen said.

Coast Guard rescues four boaters after their craft capsizes in gulf 05/13/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:01pm]
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