Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Authorities rescue six from sinking boat at John's Pass

MADEIRA BEACH — Authorities rescued six people from a sinking boat Thursday afternoon about six miles from John's Pass.

The group of three men and three women, who were visiting from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, ventured onto the waters off Madeira Beach to go diving, sheriff's officials said.

Their captain, William K. Kadryna, 39, of Northumberland, Penn., had borrowed a 24-foot Grady White boat, the Miss Kathy Too, from a friend, authorities said. Drifting near the Treasure Island Reef, west of John's Pass, 3- to 4-foot waves began to spill into the boat about 4:30 p.m.

The boaters tried to rid the boat of water using a pump, but it would not work, authorities said. The waves continued to spill inside and Miss Kathy Too began to roll on her side. That's when they called for help.

Pinellas County sheriff's marine units were dispatched to scene around 4:30 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a marine team from Eckerd College also responded.

The stranded boaters fired flares into the sky above the sinking vessel to direct the rescuers. By the time authorities arrived, all six were clad in lifejackets and floating in the water, authorities said.

FWC rescuers brought four boaters back to Don's Dock in Madeira Beach and sheriff's deputies rescued the remaining two, officials said.

One of the rescued women complained of skin irritation, sheriff's officials said, a condition rescuers said came from contact with spilled fuel in the water. She was treated at the scene. No one else was injured.

The Miss Kathy Too remained partially submerged Thursday night as a tow boat tried to raise it from the water to tow it to shore, authorities said.

Authorities rescue six from sinking boat at John's Pass 09/06/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 6, 2012 8:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Still worried about family, Tampa Bay Puerto Ricans ramp up relief effort

    Hurricanes

    TAMPA — Brenda Irizarry is worried.

    Brenda Irizarry of Tampa, while agonizing over the status of family in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, is helping lead an effort to collect and send supplies to the island. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
]
  2. Was it a crime? 10 patients at nursing home died after Irma

    News

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A 10th elderly patient has died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital.

    The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, 1200 N. 35th Ave. [EMILHY MICHOT | Miami Herald]
  3. Oh, Florida! Irma's gone, but she left behind plenty of lessons for us

    Columns

    I don't want to make light of the misery and death that Hurricane Irma inflicted on Florida this month. A lot of it was ugly, and some of it was downright criminal. We saw greed and pettiness on display, and it brought illness and death.

    Tampa Bay Times staff writer Craig Pittman.
  4. 'Toxic' times: How repeal of Florida's tax on services reverberates, 30 years later

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Hurricane Irma attacked Florida, the state faced a troubled fiscal future that the storm will only make worse.

    Robertson says the tax debate is now “toxic.”
  5. Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators.