Coast Guard rescues Michael Forbes from water

Forbes did not have a hand-held radio on board

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - A man was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew after his vessel sank southeast of Lake Worth, Saturday.

Michael Forbes, 41, was on board the boat when it started sinking.

A good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard to report the 17-foot vessel taking on water approximately 39 miles southeast of Lake Worth.

Once the helicopter crew arrived on scene, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer was deployed and pulled Forbes from the water to safety.

A Royal Navy pilot stationed at Air Station Miami said Forbes was extremely fortunate to survive: He was not carrying a hand held radio when the boat went down.

Forbes was later taken to Freeport, Bahamas, with no reported injuries.

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