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Date of Issue: December 14, 2006

Five rescued after boat sinks in Tampa Bay

Five people were rescued from a sinking boat near the mouth of the Manatee River Saturday night.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the people aboard the 23-foot boat called 911 about 5 p.m. and said they needed help.

The people attracted the attention of the Coast Guard vessel. They were standing on the boat, which was awash, and taken to Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach.

Rescued were the owner of the vessel, Ricardo Palomino, 54, and sons Alejandro, 21, and Paul, 15, all of Sarasota, as well as Bradenton residents Lee Claridy, 38, and Donald Cato, 50.

Cause of the sinking was undetermined, according to the Coast Guard.