A couple and their pet dog were airlifted to safety after they found themselves stranded 90 miles off the coast of Florida.
The couple were sailing along the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, accompanied by their small dog, when a broken porthole started to let in water, damaging the boat’s electronics, the Coast Guard wrote in a news release.
The porthole was thought to be damaged due to bad weather, Coast Guard spokesperson Santiago Gomez told CNN.
By 11am, the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a distress call about the vessel that was stuck far off the coast of Hernando Beach, Florida.
The aircrew received a digital selective calling (DSC) alert instantly from the boat as the vessel’s electronics started to shut down.
“Due to the reported water ruining the system, this alert gave us their last known position and allowed us to investigate because the owners registered it to their equipment,” Lieutenant j.g. Connor Sullivan, the command duty officer at the Sector, said.
The Coast Guard’s aircrew followed the signal in an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and were able to rescue the mariner couple and the seafaring pooch.
The trio were lifted into the aircraft and were taken "to Air Station Clearwater in good health.”
After the group landed, a picture was snapped of the aircrew and the rescued party, in which the couple and the dog were now safe, wrapped up in blankets.
The Coast Guard said that the salvaging of the couple’s vessel was “being coordinated,” however Mr Gomez told the outlet that as of Wednesday, the location of the boat was unknown.
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