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Lower Matecumbe: The Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued two people from the water Thursday approximately one mile north of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from Florida Keys Boat Rails of Islamorada at approximately 5:23 p.m. of an unmanned adrift vessel with a swim ladder in the down position, indicating that the renters of the boat were in the water with no personal flotation devices.

A Coast Guard Station Islamorada 24-foot Response Boat-Small crew and Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to the scene. The local police department and FWC also launched marine units to assist.

At approximately 7:21 p.m. an FWC vessel pulled the female out of the water and immediately after, the MH-65 helicopter crew found the male and hovered over him while another FWC vessel pulled him out of the water. Read more

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The Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued two people from the water Thursday approximately one mile north of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from Florida Keys Boat Rails of Islamorada at approximately 5:23 p.m. of an unmanned adrift vessel with a swim ladder in the down position, indicating that the renters of the boat were in the water with no personal flotation devices.

A Coast Guard Station Islamorada 24-foot Response Boat-Small crew and Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to the scene. The local police department and FWC also launched marine units to assist.

At approximately 7:21 p.m. an FWC vessel pulled the female out of the water and immediately after, the MH-65 helicopter crew found the male and hovered over him while another FWC vessel pulled him out of the water.