On 27 March 2018 at 0658 UTC (0258 EDT) an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was detected at 31 05.35N 80 02.06W, 43 NM northeast of Jacksonville, FL. Coast Guard District 7 received the alert from the fishing vessel BARBARA LYNNE and released an Enhanced Group Call (EGC) to nearby vessels for assistance. CGD07 launched an AIRSAV MH-65 and AIRCLR HC-130 for area coverage. The USS HUE CITY was responding to the EGC and spotted orange flares and flashing lights near a raft with 3 people on board. The USS HUE CITY rescued and transported them to Naval Station Mayport.
3 SARSAT RESCUES