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Coast Guard crew rescues three on sinking boat off Florida coast

A Coast Guard Station Sand Key 45-foot response boat crew assisted three people aboard a 22-foot boat six miles west of Clearwater Pass, Florida, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The Sand Key boat crew used a dewatering pump aboard the 22-foot boat, Snow Plow, after the boat started taking on water.
A Coast Guard Station Sand Key 45-foot response boat crew assisted three people aboard a 22-foot boat six miles west of Clearwater Pass, Florida, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The Sand Key boat crew used a dewatering pump aboard the 22-foot boat, Snow Plow, after the boat started taking on water. U.S. Coast Guard

The boat: the Snow Plow.

The situation: She was taking on water. Three men aboard the Snow Plow were about to be dunked in the deep.

The remedy: the U. S. Coast Guard.

On Saturday, the Coast Guard received a signal around 10:30 a.m. from a St. Petersburg sector watchstander that a distress call had come in to marine band radio. Three people about the 22-foot Snow Plow said the boat was taking on water.

The Coast Guard’s Sand Key station sent its 45-foot response boat to the scene, pumped out the gathering water, and escorted the crew to the Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp.

There were no reported injuries.

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