Two men, dog rescued from overturned boat in Apalachee Bay

Published: Jan. 22, 2019 at 12:05 PM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

January 22, 2019

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The U.S. Coast Guard came to the aid of two men and a dog whose boat flipped over in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's Big Bend.

In a statement Tuesday, the Coast Guard said a helicopter crew hoisted the men and the dog to safety about 5 miles south of Rock Island.

The statement said the men and dog were found wearing life jackets and clinging to the hull of the overturned vessel. They showed mild, hypothermia-like symptoms and were met at Tallahassee International Airport by emergency responders.

“Thankfully the survivors were wearing life jackets," said Joe Mathieu, a search and rescue coordinator. “Having the proper safety equipment aboard your vessel and wearing the correct clothing, especially in cold weather, can make the difference if something unexpected happens while out on the water."