Four men rescued from capsized vessel

Four men were rescued May 8 after their 28-foot boat capsized 20 nautical miles west of Anna Maria Island, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

One of the men contacted the Coast Guard station St. Petersburg with his VHF radio around 6 p.m. to report his boat was taking on water, according to a press release.

After losing communication with the man, the station issued an “urgent marine information broadcast” alerting area Coast Guard station.

Coast Guard Station Cortez responded in a 45-foot- boat while a helicopter from the Clearwater station conducted a search from the air, the release said.

The response boat from Cortez located the capsized vessel about 45 minutes after they received the call.

The four men were clinging to the overturned hull and were all wearing their life jackets.

Winds were approximately 10-15 knots causing 1-3 foot waves, according to Chrystalynn Kneen, public information officer for the Tampa Bay region of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The men were recovered from the water and transported ashore, according to the release.

There were no reported injuries.

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