Fisherman rescued near Marco Island
FOX 4 Staff
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - A Coast Guard crew rescued a 29-year-old fisherman Monday morning near Marco Island.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office received word late last night that a fisherman who departed the Goodland Marina in a 12 foot dinghy and failed to return.
The Coast Guard, two marine units from the Collier Sheriff's Office and one marine unit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searched for the man after they discoverd his dingy tied off to the mangroves one mile north of the Goodland Bridge.
Just before 7:30 a.m. the Coast Guard spotted the man at the edge of the river about a half mile south of where his vessel was found. The Auxiliary crew transported the fisherman back to the Goodland Marina where he was met by emergency medical services. "
The case this morning is a perfect example of how effective the U. S. Coast Guard can be; combining the close working relationship with the Collier County Sheriff's Office and the significant force multiplier, which is the Coast Guard Auxiliary. This team effort resulted in saving the life of a person who was in imminent danger,” said Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Kerner, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach.