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Source: United States Coast Guard

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U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
Office: 504-671-2020
After Hours: 618-225-9008
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UPDATE: Coast Guard rescues overdue boater near Panama City, Fla.

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued an overdue boater early Saturday morning near Panama City, Florida.

Rescued was Terry Taylor, 72, of Lynn Haven, Florida. There are no reported injuries. 

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew located Taylor in a disabled vessel approximately 5 miles offshore St. Andrew Bay around 1 a.m. Saturday morning. A Coast Guard Station Panama City 45-foot Rescue Boat- Medium boatcrew then arrived at Taylor’s location and towed him safely back to shore.

“In this case the mariner’s VHF radio malfunctioned, but his spouse was able to provide critical information on his vessel’s description and normal route,” said Paul Barnard, the Eighth Coast Guard District recreational boating safety program manager. “This is an example of a layered safety strategy, and shows why it pays off to have others aware of your float plan.”

More information on this case can be found here.

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