Coast Guard rescues man and dog aboard disabled yacht

Picture shows U.S. Coast Guard towing 44-foot yacht, the Joanie II, to the Fernandina Harbor Marina. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued a man and his dog from a 44-foot yacht on Friday, after it became disabled at the entrance of the St. Mary’s Channel in Georgia, according to a news release.

A spokesperson for the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville said a response crew arrived just before 8 p.m. and found that the yacht, named the Joanie II, broke down by the Fernandina River Pilot. A man and his dog were seen aboard.

Station Mayport Boarding Officer Thomas Aveni said he was grateful the person who saw the disabled boat contacted the Coast Guard.

“Due to the Joanie II being in the busy shipping channel, and poorly lit, we needed to tow the vessel to safety, not only for the owner but for other mariners as well. Thank you to the good Samaritan for calling us,” Aveni wrote in the release.

A Nassau County Sheriff’s marine boat crew also assisted with the rescue.

News4JAX reached out to the Coast Guard for more information. Check back for updates.

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