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Press Release | Aug. 12, 2023

Coast Guard rescues 14-year-old boy near St. Petersburg

Public Affairs Detachment Tampa Bay - 305-965-4672

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg boat crew rescued a boy, Saturday after he was injured in a collision between two boats 13 miles northwest of Egmont Key, Florida.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders were notified that after both vessels collided, a 14-year-old boy fell overboard and sustained lacerations to his arm from a propeller.

The responding boat crew arrived on scene where they provided first aid and transported the injured boy to EMS at Merry Pier to receive a higher level of care.

“Our boat crew was able to rescue the seriously injured young man quickly and efficiently, due to proper use of channel 16 and assistance from good samaritans,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Jennings, Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg boat crew member. “The situation was very unfortunate but had the best potential outcome. It is incredibly important for mariners to keep a proper lookout when running their vessel regardless of location.”

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