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Coast Guard rescues 2 people, dog near Jensen Beach

Victims sent out distress call using VHF radio
Coast Guard rescues 2 people, dog near Jensen Beach on June 30, 2021
Posted at 5:58 PM, Jul 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-01 17:59:28-04

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard saved two people and their dog near Jensen Beach after their vessel sank Wednesday night.

Coast Guard said watchstanders received a distress call via VHF radio at about 10:30 p.m.

The people reported they were on a 38-foot vessel, The Paradise, when they began to take on water and got into a life raft.

"The boater having a VHF marine radio aboard greatly assisted us in this rescue," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Reynolds in a written statement. "Without having the radio aboard, this case could've ended differently."

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami responded to the scene and hoisted the victims off their life raft, transporting them to the Martin County Airport in Stuart.