Three people were rescued Saturday afternoon when their boat started to sink near Alligator Reef Lighthouse in waters off Islamorada.
Coast Guard crews in the Florida Keys got a tip that three people were in the water after their boat started to slip below the surface near Windley Island.
“These boaters had life jackets on when our rescue crew arrived on scene, which tremendously help the situation and get these people safely our of the water,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kendrick Everette, a Coast Guard Sector Key West command center watchstander, in a statement.
“Within the maritime domain, time is key and a quick response could make a world of a difference,” he said.
No one was hurt, the Coast Guard said, and the crew aboard the 45-foot response boat posed for a picture with the rescued party.