CLEARWATER, Florida. – Seven people were rescued by the US Coast Guard on Saturday after their 39ft vessel was disabled by a lightning strike 100 miles off Clearwater, according to a news release.
Video of the strike itself was shared on Twitter, edited to include footage of the rescue seen from the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter onto which a USCG crew lifted the five women and two uninjured men.
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Lt. David McKinley, a USCG pilot, said boaters were fortunately well prepared, with rescue tools at the ready, such as an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) that alerted the USCG District 7 on their whereabouts.
“Thunderstorms are regularly encountered in Florida’s marine environment and can pose a significant hazard to boaters,” McKinley said in a statement. “Fortunately, the boaters in this case were well prepared with all the necessary safety equipment including an EPIRB, flares and marine VHF radio to ensure a quick and efficient rescue.”
When last checked, the shipowner was coordinating with commercial salvage to retrieve the electrified boat, officials said. The man’s wife said he and others on board were part of a fishing derby, the statement said.
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