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3 rescued after boat capsizes near Neptune Beach

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Updated: 6/15/2013 8:14 pm

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- Three boaters were rescued by the Coast Guard Saturday morning after their boat capsized just off of Neptune Beach.

The trio was on a 31-foot Yellowfin center console boat that began taking on water, according to a release.

The Coast Guard says the boaters notified Sea Tow, which notified Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville of the incident around 10 a.m.

When Coast Guardsmen arrived on the scene, they found the vessel capsized, two of the people wearing life jackets on top of the overturned vessel and the third person in the water nearby without a life jacket hanging onto a floating fender.

The rescued are identified as: Stephen W. Preeschl, 61, of Keystone Heights, Fla.; Bobby Zinc, 46, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Karl Zinc, 17, of Jacksonville.

"They did the right thing by staying with their vessel instead of attempting to swim to safety," said Petty Officer 1st Class Samuel Marodis of the Sector Jacksonville command center. "When people stay with their vessels, our boat crews are typically able to locate them much sooner, saving valuable time that could make the difference in their ability to survive."

The Coast Guardsmen brought all three people back to Mayport.

There were no injuries reported and all three declined medical treatment.


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imtellin - 6/16/2013 5:39 AM
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forgot to put the plg in ?? as it washedashre that qckly, it couldn't have been too far from shor to bgin with...what's with the fender/cushion?? regs call fr lifevests for all onboard !!!
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