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Coast Guard rescues three stranded boaters

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Three boaters, rescued from a disabled sailboat, are on their way back to St. Pete thanks to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket picked up the three sailors after the 30-foot Grateful suffered an engine failure yesterday while they were about 80 miles out in the gulf.

"It's a good thing they had a working EPIRB with them," said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Vess, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector St. Petersburg. "Being 80 miles offshore, it was the only method they could alert the Coast Guard of their distress." 

A small craft advisory is in effect for the coast because of the blustery conditions, but it wasn't immediately clear if weather played a role in stranding the sailboat.

The Nantucket is expected to return to port in St. Pete late this afternoon, with the Grateful in tow.

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