Portland, Oregon 2022-06-27 06:09:53 –
To: Nathaniel Rodriguez, Nexstar Media Wire
Has been updated:
Clearwater, Florida (WFLA) — After a thunderstorm on Saturday, seven people had to be rescued from a boat 100 miles from Clearwater.
The Coast Guard said it had received a warning about the boat’s emergency and had contacted the boat owner. She told them that her husband and others were attending a fishing tournament when the boat was struck by lightning.
The helicopter crew eventually found a crew member, five women and two men, and airlifted them to the Coast Guard’s Air Station Clearwater. The sailor’s family met them at the base.
“Thunderstorms occur routinely in Florida’s marine environment and can pose significant danger to boaters,” said Coast Guard pilot Lieutenant David McKinley. “Fortunately, the seafarers in this case were equipped with all the necessary safety equipment, including EPIRB, flare, and marine VHF radio to ensure quick and efficient rescue.”
The boat owner worked with the salvage business to retrieve the disabled ship.
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