U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Father, 15-Year-Old Son 10 Miles Off Brevard County Coast in Rough Seas

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on-scene weather conditions included 8-foot seas, high winds

The Coast Guard rescued a father and his 15-year-old son from their 25-foot vessel that became disabled approximately 10 miles east of Melbourne, Fla., Saturday. (U.S. Coast Guard image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Coast Guard rescued a father and his 15-year-old son from their 25-foot vessel that became disabled approximately 10 miles east of Melbourne on Saturday.

A Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew arrived on the scene and transferred the two men to the RBM and towed their vessel back to Station Port Canaveral.

According to Coast Guard officials, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville watchstanders received a call over VHF-Channel 16 around 2:30 p.m. from the father stating his life and his son’s life were in danger due to the heavy weather conditions.

One of the two engines on his 25-foot vessel was disabled making them unable to make way to get back to where they launched the boat from.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville watchstanders received a call over VHF-Channel 16 from the father stating his life and his son’s life were in danger due to the heavy weather conditions. (U.S. Coast Guard image)

“The maritime environment is constantly changing,” said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Andzelik, Sector Jacksonville Command Duty Officer.

“Planning your trip from start to finish with importance on current and forecasted weather conditions are invaluable for the safety of all onboard. Ensuring your vessel is properly equipped with the required safety equipment is paramount to safe return home.”

The on-scene weather conditions were 8-foot seas, 19 miles an hour winds, 29 miles an hour gust, overcast with drizzling rain and blowing spray.

CLICK HERE for a list of required safety items, or to have a courtesy safety check on your vessel contact your local USCG Auxiliary unit.

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