University of South Florida, St. Petersburg sail students rescued by Coast Guard

Posted at 1:10 PM, Sep 13, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued students from a Florida university after strong winds capsized their boats during a sailing class.

The agency says the students from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg were safe wearing lifejackets and were returned to campus.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Timothy Abrams says winds of about 25 mph (40 kph) struck the harbor while the class was in session late Thursday. The students were struggling with wind conditions and two of the students were rescued from the waters.

In a tweet, the U.S. Coast Guard said that fortunately their station is right next door to the school moorings "to keep an eye out for trouble."