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VIDEO: CG rescues two fishermen after boat sinks

Posted: 1:49 PM, Mar 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-07 18:51:40Z

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men after their boat sank 52 miles northwest of Boca Grande, Florida, early Monday, according to a news release. 

The captain of the 37-foot commercial fishing boat, Ruby-D, made multiple mayday calls shortly before 3:30 a.m. stating his boat was sinking, and, along with his crewmember, he was abandoning ship.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater crews arrived at the scene at approximately 4:25 a.m., spotted a strobe light and located both fishermen in a life raft nearby, said the release. 

The fishermen said they stepped into the life raft just as the boat sank and used a strobe light and flares to help signal the rescue crews to their location. 

"These two men were quick to react to a life threatening situation," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Gaub." "They utilized all the correct safety equipment including an EPIRB, strobe light and flares which helped our search ten-fold."

The fishermen were brought to safety. 

There were no injuries reported.