Coast Guard rescues 4 from capsized vessel in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Four people were rescued from a sinking vessel that capsized Saturday in Tampa Bay, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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The four men, who were on board a 22-foot boat, were rescued by a Coast Guard crew from St. Petersburg, WTSP-TV reported.

Coast Guard officials received a 911 call from a motorist who saw two red flares north of the Sunshine Skyway at about 5:25 a.m. EST, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The Coast Guard sent a 45-foot response boat to rescue the men, the newspaper reported.

No injuries were reported, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

The owner of the boat is coordinating to retrieve the sunken vessel, WTSP reported.

“The Coast Guard reminds all boaters of these important safety tips while on the water,” the agency said in its news release. “Have enough life jackets for everyone aboard, carry working safety flares, and all required safety gear, file a float plan, and check the weather and water conditions before getting on the water.”