A search and rescue team with the U.S. Coast Guard pulled four boaters from Sarasota Bay near Tidy Island on July 10.
The Coast Guard’s dispatch in St. Petersburg received an emergency call at about 8:30 p.m. from a man who said his boat had capsized near the small island. The man said he swam to shore, but four people still clung to the vessel.
A rescue team from the Coast Guard station in Cortez set out for Tidy Island and found the boaters, holding on to the hull of a 17-foot Wellcraft, at about 8:50 p.m.
Rescuers pulled the uninjured boaters from the water and called Seatow to recover the boat.
Reporting the incident, Coast Guard officials reminded boaters of maritime safety rules and recommendations — use a float plan, equip the boat with a VHF radio, wear life jackets. Also, outfit the boat to send an emergency-position radio beacon.