Coast Guard Station St Petersburg crews immediately responded to a distress call from a woman on a sailboat off the coast of Florida.
A woman with her two dogs on a 32-foot sailboat called for help when her boat started to take on water near Shell Key. The boat was rocking back and forth on the choppy water as the two rescue boats approached.
A 29-foot rescue boat pulled up to the sailboat with the woman on the bow and made plans to rescue her and her dogs. The other 45-foot response boat towed the sailboat back to the marina.
“Our crews are highly trained to assist boaters in distress despite the weather conditions,” said Capt. Matthew A. Thompson, the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg commander. “We’re happy we were able to bring that person back home safely but want to remind the public to … Read the rest