Two Rescued as 80-Foot Yacht Sinks Off Florida Coast

Two individuals were rescued from their boat after it apparently struck something and began to sink during a leisurely day on the ocean off the coast of Florida, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

According to a news release from the Coast Guard, the 80-foot yacht Atlantis’ operators sent in an emergency alert at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, stating that the vessel had struck something and was taking on water. About three miles off the coast of St. Augustine Beach was where the yacht was located.

The first law enforcement organizations to arrive at the yacht and assist in the two people’s rescue were St. Johns Sheriff’s Office and St. Augustine Police Department officials.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our partner agencies for their invaluable assistance during this case,” a written statement from Sector Jacksonville’s command duty officer, Senior Chief Petty Officer Ricardo Santacana, stated.

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“With the weather improving and mariners heading out onto the water, it’s imperative for everyone to verify the presence of all necessary safety equipment aboard their vessel. This ensures that responders, as demonstrated in this case, can swiftly locate you and render assistance when an emergency arises.”

The owner of the yacht would arrange for the boat to be recovered from the water, according to the Coast Guard. Investigations are ongoing to determine what caused the sinking.

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