MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two Homestead boaters have quite a tale to tell after they were rescued from a capsized boat by the Coast Guard.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday the Coast Guard received a 911 distress call from two men who reported they were clinging to a capsized 28-foot shrimping vessel, approximately one-half mile off of Black Point Marine inside of Biscayne Bay.

The Coast Guard launched rescue boat and helicopter. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and National Park Service also launched search boats.

Just after 3:30 a.m. the Coast Guard’s chopper spotted the two men, identified as Alberto Leon-Corado and Alejandro Suarez, and stayed on site until they were picked up by a rescue boat. Both men were shaken but otherwise okay.

Leon-Corado and Suarez are employed by Dalton Marine of Homestead.

Suarez said they were shrimping on the boat when it was hit by two very large waves which capsized it.

“We were fishing when a big rough wave came and hit us.  When it hit us, a lot of water came into the boat and it kept rising.  Then another wave hit us and flipped the boat,” said Suarez.

Suarez said it all happened so fast.

“We didn’t have time to get our life jackets, there was no time for anything,” said Suarez.

He said they were in the chilly water for three to four hours before they were rescued.  Suarez was very grateful.

“We were very grateful that they did their jobs,” said Suarez.  “When I was in Venezuela, the same thing happened to me and emergency crews didn’t rescue us.”

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always file a float plan with a friend or family member, have a VHF-FM radio and electronic indicating radio beacon on board while on the water.

Comments (5)
  1. says:

    The beacon radio would not have helped them , the boat sank and the radio was under watere. If they didn;t have tome to retrieve their lifejackets they wouldn’t have had time to turn on the distress beacon. Also they were expecting to stay out fishing so a family float pllan wouldn’t have concerened the family for many more hours. How do you suppose that the Coast Guard became aware thet they were in distreess and floating in the water for several hours?

    1. Ralph F. says:

      They called the Coast Guard with a cell phone.

      1/2 mile from Black Point the water is only 2-3 ft deep. I wonder why they just did’nt wade in?

      1. El Pitirre says:

        el cubano tiene miedo a la agua.cubans don’t like water, even the kid’s wading end of the pool.

  2. Denis says:

    yOU GONNA BE DUMB YOU GOTTA BE TOUGH.Nice weather to be fishing in.I hope the C.G.charges them for their rescue so the tax payers don’t foot the bill.

  3. Auth says:

    Let me start by sainyg nice post. Im not sure if it has been talked about, but when using Chrome I can never get the entire site to load without refreshing many times. Could just be my computer. Thanks.

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