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Brandon women rescued after water scooter runs out of gas

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities found two stranded Brandon women Sunday evening after their personal watercraft ran out of gas.

Gina Escalera, 36, Marissa Mack-Jordan, 39, were found near the Bayside Bridge following a three-hour search.

Mack-Jordan's husband, Christopher Jordan, reported the women missing at about 6:18 p.m. They were found around 9 p.m.

Jordan said he and the two women were jet-skiing around the Courtney Campbell Parkway when they became separated. He returned to where they launched and called the Coast Guard, which then searched the area. A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy on the bridge heard a faint whistle from the east around 9 p.m.

The women were shaken, but uninjured. They were treated and released by paramedics.

They told deputies they had gotten separated from Christopher Jordan when they went to watch dolphins.

They drifted for about five hours without anyone in sight.

Brandon women rescued after water scooter runs out of gas 09/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, September 6, 2010 9:54pm]
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