Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

Coast Guard plucks three boaters from capsized catamaran

CLEARWATER — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men and a teenager from a capsized catamaran off Cedar Key early Monday after more than 11 hours in the water.

No injuries have been reported.

The unidentified boaters, ages 53, 40 and 16, were spotted clutching to the hull of the 16-foot fiberglass vessel at 4:30 a.m. about 2 miles southeast of Atsena Otie Key, according to the Coast Guard. The boat is believed to have capsized about 5 p.m.

The Coast Guard in St. Petersburg received a 911 call at 7 p.m. Sunday from a concerned family member after the boaters failed to come home as scheduled.

They men left from Cedar Key and planned to sail around Atsena Otie Key, about a mile off shore.

It was unclear when the boat capsized.

There was a small-craft advisory throughout the day Sunday, with winds of about 20 knots and gusts of up to 30 knots. Seas were 2 to 3 feet.

The boat had no motor, lights, electronics or emergency equipment.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter, rescuers from Levy County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searched for seven hours before the boaters were found.

They were spotted from the Coast Guard's HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, clutching to the capsized hull, after seven hours of searching. A rescue swimmer was lowered, and the boaters were plucked from the vessel.

"This case could have turned out differently," said Coast Guard search and rescue coordinator Richard Hutchinson in a statement. "These mariners are lucky to be alive."

Comments
Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men who ran from deputies and shot a dog were captured after a brief pursuit Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.They ditched a stolen car, ran away on foot, crossed through several yards and then tr...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Tampa bicyclist, 52, dies after being rear-ended by vehicle; no charges

TAMPA — A 52-year-old man riding a bicycle was killed early Friday when he was struck from behind by a car in Seminole Heights, according to Tampa police.The incident took place at about 12:15 a.m. Wayne Kersh, 52, was riding his bicycle in the eastb...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff’s child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.Jayne Johnson, who has worked for the She...
Updated: 1 hour ago
After third fire at former Ybor City bathhouse, arrest is made

After third fire at former Ybor City bathhouse, arrest is made

TAMPA — A 46-year-old man was arrested Friday and accused of setting fire to a vacant Ybor City bathhouse hit by arson at least two other times earlier this year.Two Tampa police officers spotted smoke from the vacant building at 1512 E Eighth Ave. a...
Updated: 3 hours ago

FHP: Overturned pick-up slowed traffic on northbound Howard Frankland

ST. PETERSBURG — A pick-up truck towing a car onto the northbound Howard Frankland Bridge overturned and crashed on the shoulder, causing back-ups for motorists trying to get to Tampa, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The incident was reported...
Updated: 4 hours ago
New video shows cows beaten and burned at Florida dairy farm

New video shows cows beaten and burned at Florida dairy farm

The Miami Beach-based Animal Recovery Mission has released a video from its undercover abuse investigation at a Central Florida dairy farmThe graphic video, with disturbing images of cows cruelly being beaten, speared, stabbed and burned, was shot by...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Missing Child Alert canceled for Port St. Lucie girl, 17

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been canceled for a 17-year-old Port St. Lucie girl who was last seen on Thursday.The case involving Heaven Flores has been resolved, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Published: 12/15/17

Hudson pedestrian killed while crossing U.S. 19

HUDSON — A Hudson man was killed Thursday night while crossing U.S. 19.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Gerald Berube was crossing the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 north of Stahl Drive around 6:40 p.m. when he walked into the path ...
Published: 12/15/17
Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

TAMPA — Police are seeking a "person of interest" who they believe has information about a Dec. 3 drive-by shooting that killed a 22-year-old man.Police are searching for Anan Motilal, 25. He stands about 5-foot-10 and weighs 180 pounds. He may have ...
Published: 12/14/17

Pinellas Park officer stuns middle school student with Taser

PINELLAS PARK — A school resource officer stunned a middle school student with a Taser while trying to break up a fight between her and another female student on Thursday, police said.Neither the Pinellas Park officer nor the students involved in the...
Published: 12/14/17