Boater clinging to pier rescued by Coast Guard

- A boater aboard a 10-foot dingy was rescued by the Coast Guard after being stranded under the Bradenton Beach City Pier. 

Just after 11 a.m. the Coast Guard received a call saying a boater was clinging to the pier and needed help, according to a news release. 

The Coast Guard arrived on scene and towed the man and his boat to safety.

The boater told officials his engine stopped working and he could not paddle due to high winds and rough seas. 

“We want to remind mariners to check the weather, and know your boat’s limitations before heading out on the water,” said Richard T. Hutchinson, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector St. Petersburg. “The National Weather Service currently has much of the region under a tornado watch, and issued a special marine warning.”

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