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Boat overturns off Sarasota; Coast Guard rescues four on board

The group was out for the day when their boat started taking on water.

The Coast Guard rescued four boaters from an overturned vessel eight miles off Sarasota on Sunday.

The group was on a recreational boating trip when their 24-foot vessel began taking on water, according to the Coast Guard. They sent out a mayday call at about 3:30 p.m and a 45-foot Coast Guard boat and crew responded to rescue them.

The boaters — two men and two women — had life jackets on board and no one was injured. They were taken to Station Cortez in Bradenton. The boat will be recovered by a commercial salvage company.

“Having a VHF radio on their vessel to hail the Coast Guard, and life jackets, greatly aided our efforts and improved their chances of being rescued and returned safely to their families," said Capt. Matt Thompson, commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s St. Petersburg’s sector.

Florida is under a safer-at-home order to fight the spread of the coronavirus but few restrictions apply to a day on the water. Recreational vessels must say 50 feet apart and no more than 10 people can be on board at one time.

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