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Coast Guard crew rescues six on rapidly sinking boat off the Sunny Isles Beach coast

Coast Guard Cutter Cohito rescues six from a sinking boat off Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2019.
Coast Guard Cutter Cohito rescues six from a sinking boat off Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard District 7

Six people were pulled from a sinking boat about 25 miles west of Sunny Isles Beach by a Coast Guard crew on the Cutter Cochito.

The Saturday rescue happened at about 9 a.m. after an emergency positioning beacon drew the attention of the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.

The Cutter Cochito arrived on the scene as the vessel was filling fast and its six passengers were already in the water.

A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale small-boat crew then took the six wet, but uninjured, people to Haulover Park in good condition.

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Six people are shown in the water after their boat began to sink 25 miles west of Sunny Isles Beach,, Florida., Saturday, April 6, 2019. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cochito (WPB 87329), homeported in Miami, arrived on scene and rescued all six people from the water. U.S. Coast Guard Cochito

“This case highlights the importance of how an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon can save your life and the life of your loved ones,” said Lt.j.g. Paul Puddington, the Cochito’s commanding officer. “We were able to receive notification, get to the scene quickly and rescue them from the water before a deteriorating situation became worse.”

A U.S. Coast Guard unit responded to a report of a capsized boat three miles of the coast of Bayport, Florida on March 30, 2019, to rescue three adults and a 12-year-old boy after the boaters accidentally tipped their boat while fishing.

In this archive video, Rodney and Sheila Barreto found eight Cuban men on a raft made of Styrofoam and wood pallets while the couple was fishing 20 miles offshore of Miami on Sunday.

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