Coast Guard: 3 rescued after boat capsizes near Blount Island

Good Samaritans on tugboat, Coast Guard pull 3 from water

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three people were rescued from the St. Johns River on Monday evening after a boat capsized near Blount Island, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded just before 6:30 p.m. after a boater called to report a capsized 15-foot vessel and three people in the water.

According to the Coast Guard, the crew aboard a Coast Guard Station Mayport 29-foot response boat pulled one person from the water, and the crew aboard a tugboat rescued the two others.

The three people were then taken to emergency medical services at Blount Island. No injuries were reported.

Fire Rescue crews towed the capsized vessel to the Arlington Road Public Boat Ramp. 

News4Jax Chief Meteorologist John Gaughan said there were storms and gusty winds in the area at the time the boat capsized.

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