Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:18pm
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The R/V Savannah

The R/V Savannah rescued two fishermen while on a routine research expedition on June 8th. That evening, the vessel received a request from the Coast Guard to assist in locating a boat that sent out a distress call approximately 3 and a half miles from the R/V Savannah's position. Captain Raymond Sweatte steered the boat in that direction, but failed to find any evidence of a vessel in distress. What he did find, however, was a faint signal. It seemed to be coming from a direction about 2 miles east of his current position. He followed the signal, and found the capsized boat about 10 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The fishermen were clinging to the 24- foot vessel before they were finally rescued by Captain Sweatte. For more details on this story, please visit Skidaway's article here.