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4 Rescued From Sinking Boat Near St. Pete By Coast Guard Crew


ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Four people were rescued from a sinking boat by U.S. Coast Guard crew members in Fort DeSoto waters Sunday, a Coast Guard news release said.

A good Samaritan notified a boat crew from United States Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg via a marine radio about the boat taking on water, officials said. The small boat crew took the four boaters to the Ft. DeSoto boat ramp where one person was taken from there to a hospital. The seriousness of their injuries was not disclosed.

The owner is coordinating with commercial salvage to remove the boat, according to the Coast Guard.

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