Deputy rescues three clinging to vessel


Three people holding on to a capsized vessel off Duck Key were rescued by Marine Deputy Nelson Sanchez Tuesday afternoon.


The Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were notified at approximately 3:47 p.m. of a capsized 18-foot Sea Ray boat.


There were three occupants without life jackets clinging to the boat about one to two miles off Duck Key on the ocean side.


Deputy Sanchez responded from Mile Marker 74 to the area of Mile Marker 61, and arrived first. He rescued two females — ages 19 and 21 — and one 55-year-old male. Their names were not immediately available.


None required serious medical attention.