On 03 July 2018 at 1520 UTC an EPIRB was detected at 28 44.5N 083 05.3W, 23 NM west of Homosassa, FL. It was automatically activated when the 24-foot sailing vessel MRS EVA, with 5 persons on board, capsized. Prior to receiving the alert, Sector St. Petersburg (SECSTP) received a Mayday call from the MRS EVA with an estimated position. SECSTP launched a helicopter from Air Station Clearwater. Coast Guard District 7 received the SARSAT alert and diverted the helicopter to the updated position. The aircrew located the MRS EVA and 5 persons in the water. A rescue swimmer was deployed and assisted them aboard a Good Samaritan vessel, which transported them to the Crystal River boat ramp with no report of injuries.
5 SARSAT RESCUES