VIDEO: U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter, Response Boat Rescues 8 After Charter Boat Takes On Water

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ABOVE VIDEO: An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew deploys a rescue swimmer and dewatering pump to eight people aboard a 30-foot charter dive boat 12 miles west of Anclote, Florida, Thursday, July 6, 2017. The Jayhawk crew and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Sand Key aided the eight people after the charter boat took on water. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

U.S. COAST GUARD – Coast Guard crews rescued eight people Thursday after a charter dive boat took on water 12 miles west of Anclote.

At 11:50 a.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report from a crew member aboard the charter dive boat, Narcosis, via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16, stating the boat was taking on water with eight people aboard and they were in need of emergency assistance.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater was diverted, and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Sand Key was launched.

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Coast Guard crews transferred two dewatering pumps and rescue personnel to the Narcosis and began dewatering operations. After the flooding was under control, the RB-M crew escorted the Narcosis to Tarpon Springs City Marina.

There were no reported injuries.

“It was a large team effort amongst all Coast Guard crews today resulting in a safe outcome,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Chevy L. Sheffield, officer of the day at Station Sand Key.

Coast Guard crews rescued eight people Thursday after a charter dive boat took on water 12 miles west of Anclote. (USCG image)

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