Coast Guard Rescues Captain and a Sinking 37 Foot Sailboat

PANAMA CITY-- The Coast Guard assisted a man aboard a sailboat taking on water approximately 70 nautical miles south of Panama City in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard in St. Petersburg initially received an signal from an emergency positioning radio beacon from the 37 foot sailboat The Good Life. It was on a trip from Ft. Myers to Mobile.

Jeffrey McKittrick said the vessel lost power and began to slowly take on water more than 70 miles southwest of Cape San Blas.

McKittrick made a distress call on a hand-held VHF-FM radio at approximately 12:30 a.m. Thursday and then activated his EPIRB.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile sent an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew and the Coast Guard Panama City send a 45 foot medium boat crew and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Coho to the location of The Good Life.

The HC-144 aircrew located the vessel and guided the 45 footer and the Cutter Coho from Panama City to its location. The Coho took his vessel in tow.

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