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Coast Guard rescues 8 boaters off the Florida Keys

Posted at 7:23 AM, Jul 23, 2019

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued eight people in separate boating incidents off the Florida Keys.

The agency said in a news release that a 20-foot cabin cruiser capsized near Key Colony Beach on Monday. A Coast Guard crew rescued four people from the water. No one from that boat was injured.

In the second incident, a 17-foot pleasure craft started taking on water about 9 miles off of Marathon. A Coast Guard crew rescued four people from that boat.

Coast Guard officials say in both cases the boaters had the right safety equipment to call for help.