It must be a very long night when you are miles away from dry land and your vessel capsizes. A very long night indeed. That’s exactly what happened to four unsuspecting vacationing boaters out of Johns Pass in Madeira, Florida. A busy vacation spot, Johns Pass is visited by hundreds of vacationers every year who are looking for a great beach experience. Sometimes, vacationers decide to go boating at night. However, like is evident in this case, it’s not always the best idea.
Not to worry of course. At least not with a team of dedicated U.S. Coast Guardsmen ready to respond to any emergency.
Located at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater, Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater (CGAS Clearwater) is the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest air station, home to nearly 600 USCG aviation and support personnel. In this video, CGAS Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoists four boaters out of the water after their boat capsized off 12 miles off the coast of Johns Pass.
The helicopter arrived on scene and saved all four distressed boaters, none of which were wearing their lifejackets. Thanks to the exceptional CGAS Clearwater team, these people were saved from a scary experience without having to experience a tragic ending.