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Coast Guard rescues woman, two dogs in sailboat off Pinellas coast

The sailboat was taking on water near Shell Key when the woman radioed for help, according to the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard vessels rescued a woman and two dogs who were in a sailboat taking on water in rough conditions off Shell Key on Saturday.
Coast Guard vessels rescued a woman and two dogs who were in a sailboat taking on water in rough conditions off Shell Key on Saturday. [ U.S. Coast Guard Southeast ]
Published Jan. 16

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman and two dogs were rescued Saturday from a 32-foot sailboat taking on water in rough conditions near Shell Key, according to the Coast Guard.

The agency released a video of the rescue that shows the sailboat rocking in rough waters as a Coast Guard response boat sent from St. Petersburg approaches.

The woman radioed Sector St. Petersburg for help using VHF Channel 16 and said her vessel was taking on water. Two rescue boats were sent out to assess the situation and help.

The sailboat was towed by a 29-foot Coast Guard boat, then the towing was transferred to a 45-foot boat, which pulled the sailboat to safety to the Tierra Verde Marina.

The agency did not say whether the woman or dogs suffered any injuries.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always have proper safety flotation devices on board, a VHF-FM radio and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, or EPIRB, to help rescuers find them in case of an emergency.