Two boaters rescued in waters off Miami


A life jacket along with inflatable seat cushions likely helped save the lives of two people whose boat capsized off Miami Sunday morning.

The two boaters also carried a personal locator beacon which the U.S. Coast Guard said helped locate them quickly.

A distress signal was received around 11:03 a.m. The pair told rescuers their 22-foot yellow catamaran, completely sank.

The boaters were rescued from the water, where they stayed afloat with the help of their life jackets and seat cushions.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued the unidentified boaters approximately 20 miles east of Miami.

They were flown back to land where they refused medical treatment.

The Coast Guard urges all boaters, especially those traveling offshore or to remote areas, to carry an Emergency Radio Beacon.

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