On 21 December 2017 at 1727 UTC (1227 EST) the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 27 51.9N 084 28.1W, approximately 100 NM west of Tampa, FL. The beacon was manually activated when a diver experienced stroke-like symptoms. Coast Guard District 7 received the SARSAT alert and directed Sector St. Petersburg (SECSTP) to investigate. SECSTP received a distress call from the vessel that correlated with the SARSAT position and launched a response boat with EMS on board. The response boat arrived on scene and provided medical assistance to the diver, who was then transported to awaiting EMS at Anclote Key Preserve State Park.
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