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Man Rescued From Partially Submerged Jon Boat After More Than 24 Hours Out At Sea


Florida Man Missing At Sea For Nearly Two Days Suffered Jellyfish Stings, Dehydration And Sunburn Before Dramatic Rescue, Father Says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (USCG / Press Release) — Coast Guard crews rescued 25-year-old Charles Gregory, Saturday, after he went missing on a 12-foot jon boat, 12 miles offshore of St. Augustine, Florida. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville watchstanders received a report from Gregory’s family, Friday evening, that he did not return to the Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrew spotted Gregory, Saturday morning, sitting in his partially submerged jon boat. A Coast Guard Cutter Coho boat crew recovered Charles and transferred him to a Station Mayport boat crew who transported him to EMS at Vilano Beach Fishing Pier.

No medical concerns were reported.

“We are pleased about the outcome in this case and I would like to thank all of our local and state partners who were heavily involved in searching for Charles and bringing him home to his family,” said Cmdr. Nick Barrow, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville search and rescue mission coordinator. “While this case resulted in rescuing Charles from a life-threatening situation, it highlights the importance of having safety gear onboard and being prepared for the worst. If you plan to head out on the water, remember to have a life jacket, VHF marine grade radio, signaling devices and an emergency personal locator beacon to contact first responders in case you are in need of assistance.”

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