Coast Guard Rescues 3

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Coast Guard has rescued three people after their 38-foot fishing boat sank about 50 miles southeast of Apalachicola, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard issued a statement saying it received an emergency distress signal from aboard the boat, Elizabeth Mae, about 5 a.m. Thursday reporting that the vessel was taking on water.

Spokeswoman Jacyln Young says the Coast Guard launched an HU-25 Falcon rescue jet and crew from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center at Mobile, the Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk and an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida.

The Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew took two of the people from a life raft and the third survivor, who was clinging to a cooler in the water and had no life jacket. No injuries were reported, and they were taken to the Apalachicola Airport.

The Coast Guard is continuing to investigate what caused the boat to sink.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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