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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard and Volusia County Beach Safety crews rescued three people, Sunday, after they became stranded on the Ponce de Leon Inlet jetties in Ponce Inlet.
Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville watchstanders received a call at 9:35 p.m. from a good Samaritan stating there was an incident involving four people in the water near the Ponce de Leon north jetties. Three people managed to climb onto the jetty wall and one person made it safely to shore.
Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet boat crew to assist.
The boat crew arrived on scene but could not get close enough to the jetty wall to assist due to low tide. A Volusia County Beach Safety swimmer assisted the people off the jetty wall and transferred them all to the response boat.
The boat crew transported all three people to awaiting EMS at Station Ponce de Leon Inlet with no reported medical concerns.
The rescued boaters stated they were fishing on a 15-foot vessel inside the jetties when their vessel capsized due to a passing wake.
“The teamwork with our Volusia County partners was vital in allowing us to effectively execute this rescue while mitigating as much risk as possible for the people in distress,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Arron Sanford, Station Ponce de Leon Inlet officer of the day during the case.
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