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3 boaters rescued off Fernandina Beach

Coast Guard responds to distress call on VHF radio

The Atlantic Breeze ran aground 2 miles at sea late Tuesday and began taking on water.
The Atlantic Breeze ran aground 2 miles at sea late Tuesday and began taking on water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

MAYPORT, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen Tuesday evening after their boat ran aground 2 miles east of the entrance to the Nassau Sound.

The Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received a VHF radio call from the fishing vessel Atlantic Breeze about 6:50 p.m. that the boat was aground and taking on water.

IMAGES: 3 rescued from fishing boat

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot rescue boat crew and arrived at the scene just before 8 p.m. and transferred the three boaters onto the rescue boat and transported them to Mayport.

Stanley Thompson, 45, Charles Powell, 63, and Justo Emmuelo, 45, were all wearing life jackets and were not injured.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to invest in a marine-band radio as their primary means of communication on the water. VHF-FM Channel 16, the international hailing and distress channel, is monitored by the Coast Guard and state marine patrols around the clock. In addition, distress calls broadcast over VHF-FM Channel 16 will be heard by all mariners in the vicinity.