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Coast Guard helping commercial fishing boat that ran out of gas off Clearwater

CLEARWATER — The Coast Guard is helping two fishermen who became stranded about 50 miles west of Clearwater when their commercial fishing vessel ran out of gas Monday.

The two unidentified men were 1 1/2 days into a 10-day fishing trip, Coast Guard spokeswoman Mariana O'Leary said. Neither man was injured.

The Coast Guard was called about 6:30 p.m. but was unable to get to the boat because of rough seas Monday night.

"We've just been keeping tabs on them," O'Leary said.

The boat, Miss Stephanie, doesn't have any major problems, O'Leary said.

An 87-foot Coast Guard cutter out of Fort Myers will try to help the stranded boaters Tuesday.

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