Crime & Courts
Coast Guard saves five people, dog from boat off Sunshine Skyway Bridge
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued five people and a dog who were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico when their boat became disabled Tuesday night, a spokeswoman said. The 24-foot vessel was found three miles west of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, said Crystalynn Kneen, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. Everyone on board was in good shape and uninjured, Kneen said. The boat became disabled because the fuel pump was damaged, Kneen said. The Coast Guard received a call at 8:50 p.m. that five people were stranded on a boat. There was inclement weather at the time.Once the boat was located, the occupants were placed on the Coast Guard boat and transported to the Coast Guard's St. Petersburg office. The Coast Guard also towed the disabled boat, Kneen said. "The Coast Guard recommends that boaters check the weather before heading out in the water," she said.