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Watch the Coast Guard rescue seven people from a capsized boat

Geoff Ziezulewicz

Watch the Coast Guard rescue seven people from a capsized boat
Harrowing video has emerged of the chaotic moments Sunday when a U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued a pregnant woman and six other people from a capsized boat far off the Tampa Bay, Florida, coast.
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Crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro captured a sub in the Pacific last month carrying 16,000 pounds of cocaine in a June 18 seizure that featured a crew member leaping onto the sub to get it to stop. (Video Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard)

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“Don’t let go of that bag!” a Coast Guard member yells to one of the stranded people as others pensively sit atop the half-submerged vessel in choppy waters a few miles out from Tampa Bay.

Capsized vessel rescue

The Coast Guard was alerted to the capsized boat by a tug in the late afternoon on Sunday and soon transferred the seven out of the water and to Port Manatee where they were treated, according to a statement by the service.

Two of the patients were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries, the service said.

The group had been on a recreational trip at the time, according to Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Villa.

“Regardless of how a person ends up in the water, wearing a life jacket is the single most important precaution a person can take to increase their chances of survival when situations like this take place,” Capt. Matthew Thompson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, said in a statement.

The Coast Guard has made a habit of releasing crazy footage from its at-sea heroics, including a clip last year that showed a member jumping onto a narco sub and banging on the hatch to get the illicit members inside to open up.

BZ, Coasties!


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