2 sailboaters rescued off St. Augustine Inlet | News

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2 sailboaters rescued off St. Augustine Inlet
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Two people were rescued off St. Augustine Inlet Thursday afternoon after a 30-foot sail boat failed to function properly.

The St. Johns Fire Rescue received the call about the boat at about 3:30 p.m.

Marine Rescue jet skis and a tugboat company, Tow Boat US, assisted the two unidentified boaters, according to the St. Johns County Fire Rescue.

Life jackets were brought to the boat when Fire Rescue swimmers and City Fire Marine 49 spoke with the captain and found out no jackets were on board the boat.

The weather conditions and shifting shoals caused the boat to become grounded.

After several attempts of running a line to the sailboat, Tow Vessel was not able to free the sailboat from the sandbar, according to the SJCFR.

The captain, who was not injured, was helped off the boat. The other boater, who had minor injuries, received assistance off the vessel by a rescue swimmer.

Once ashore, the boaters were transported to Flagler Hospital for evaluation of minor injuries and minor cold exposure.

The vessel remained aground, and was left in the care of Tow Boat US.

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