I see most Coast Guard new releases, but this one caught my eye, because of the use of links within the release. News papers are not the only users of these releases. When used by on-line news sources this is a real plus. It allows the readers to see what the USS Shamal, an H-65, or a response boat, medium looks like. It highlighted the use of an EPIRB and made it easy to find out what one is.
Adding hyper-links takes more time, but it adds value. Well done, D-7 PA Detachment, Jacksonville.
Coast Guard, Navy rescues disabled fishing vessel after alert from distress signal
U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 02/13/2020 03:32 PM EST
U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Jacksonville
Coast Guard rescues disabled fishing vessel after alert from distress signal
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coast Guard and Navy crews rescued four mariners Thursday on a disabled fishing vessel 55-miles east of Mayport.
The 37-foot fishing vessel “Fish Bone” notified the Coast Guard Wednesday via emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB)it had become disabled due to machinery failure.
Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received the EPIRB distress signal at 6 p.m. and launched an Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew. The Dolphin crew immediately located the Fish Bone and confirmed the mariners aboard had no medical concerns. The USS Shamal, a Navy patrol boat in the area, diverted and put the vessel in tow until a Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew transferred the tow.
The fishing vessel and crew were towed to Morning Star Marina in Mayport.
The mariners were reported to be in good condition.