Tug crew keys rescue of boaters off Florida

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(MIAMI) — The Coast Guard rescued three people aboard a disabled boat approximately 12 miles east of Port of St. Lucie on Sunday.

At approximately, 5 a.m., the crew of the tug McAllister Sister notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watch standers of a red meteor flare from a 23-foot center console. The watch standers directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 45-foot response boat-medium crew to assist.

The Coast Guard boat crew arrived on scene and towed the center console to the Smithsonian Marine Station.

By Professional Mariner Staff