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Coast Guard rescues 4 people from capsized boat in Tampa Bay

A motorist called 911 after seeing two red flares north of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
A Coast Guard boat crew in St. Petersburg rescued four people from a 22-foot epic vessel that overturned in Tampa Bay on Saturday morning.
A Coast Guard boat crew in St. Petersburg rescued four people from a 22-foot epic vessel that overturned in Tampa Bay on Saturday morning. [ Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard ]
Published Mar. 5|Updated Mar. 5

ST. PETERSBURG — Early on Saturday morning a 22-foot-long boat overturned in Tampa Bay and the U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people, a Coast Guard statement said.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a 911 call from a motorist reporting two red flares north of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge around 5:25 a.m, the statement said. The Coast Guard dispatched a 45-foot response boat and rescued four men, who were taken to Williams Park in Riverview.

The men had no reported injuries.

The Coast Guard said all boaters should remember to have enough life jackets for everyone on a vessel, a working safety flare, all required safety gear and a float plan. They also recommended checking the weather and water conditions before sailing.

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