Coast Guard rescues four from sinking boat off coast of Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS

Coast Guard rescues 4 from sinking boat

Fourteen miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, a fisherman used his cell phone to call 911. His 34-foot fishing boat was sinking around 10 a.m. Friday with three others aboard. Pasco County emergency dispatchers notified the U.S. Coast Guard. Just before 1 p.m., a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Clearwater spotted and rescued two men in the water, wearing life jackets and clinging to a cooler. But the two other men had decided to swim to shore, Coast Guard officials said. A passing boat found one of them. Coast Guard crews continued to search for an hour before the helicopter discovered the fourth fisherman. The men were treated for hypothermia after floating in the 67-degree water, but reported no other injuries. One was taken to a hospital. Coast Guard officials encourage people to stay together in these situations to make it easier to locate everyone. Officials also recommended keeping aboard boats distress-indicating devices, such as certain types of radios that can send out signals to pinpoint positions in emergencies.

CLEARWATER

Nonprofit provides veterans luncheon

Veterans have until noon Sunday to RSVP for a free luncheon to be held Monday at the Homeless Emergency Project's West Apartment Community, 1051 Holt Ave. At noon Monday, HEP will provide veterans living on the nonprofit's campus and in the community with food and outdoor activities. Attendees can also tour HEP's new affordable housing complex and clubhouse for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. To RSVP as required, call (727) 442-9041, ext. 110.

DUNEDIN

Veterans salute at Memorial Stadium

The public is invited to a Veteran's Day celebration at Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Road, at 9 a.m. Monday at Memorial Stadium, the school's football field, which was named in honor of veterans killed in action during the Vietnam War. Principal Reuben Hepburn and Mayor Dave Eggers will offer remarks before a special tribute to include patriotic music by the Dunedin High School Highlander Band, service anthems, brief veteran recognitions, a drill team performance by the school's NJROTC unit and a formal Pass in Review. Veterans are invited to attend a free breakfast in the school cafeteria from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

Veterans Memorial to be rededicated

Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 invites the public to a rededication of the Veterans Memorial in Edgewater Park at 2 p.m. Sunday. Representatives of the post, Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers and the Dunedin High School NJROTC will participate, and there will be a presentation from the office of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. For more information, call (727) 510-1305. Edgewater Park is located near the city marina at the intersection of Edgewater Drive and Main Street.

Coast Guard rescues four from sinking boat off coast of Tarpon Springs 11/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 9:02pm]

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