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Men thrown overboard after wave hits boat near Pier

ST. PETERSBURG — Two men were thrown from a boat near the Pier on Monday, after which the vessel traveled in a tight circle for more than a half-hour.

The men apparently were trying to turn the center console boat when it was hit by a rogue wave late Monday afternoon, said Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

At least one of the men was rescued by a Good Samaritan and both were reported to be okay Monday evening. One of the boaters caught a taxi near the Fresco's restaurant at the Pier approach and went to St. Anthony's Hospital. The other man was apparently uninjured, officials said.

The boat went into a tailspin and continued going around in circles until it ran out of fuel. The U.S. Coast Guard set up a security zone around it, then towed the boat ashore after it sputtered out, Granata said.

Men thrown overboard after wave hits boat near Pier 06/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:05pm]
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