Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a report of eight people aboard a recreational vessel who were unconscious near Garrison Bight. It was reported an exhaust fan in the bilge compartment allowed potential carbon monoxide to accumulate to high enough levels to impair the occupants.
A Key West Fire Boat crew responded, safely transferred the eight people aboard their vessel and transported them back ashore to awaiting emergency medical services for further medical attention.
“This reported incident appears to be a very close call,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Evans Ahrens, a Sector Key West operations unit controller. “January is the coldest month in Florida where temperatures can range widely from day and night.
Before Heading Out Check the Weather and Water Temperature. Continue to monitor weather which can change very rapidly. Keep a watchful eye on the forecasted conditions. The National Weather Service broadcasts marine weather forecasts regularly. Forecasts can be heard by tuning in to channels 1 to 5 on a VHF marine radio or by checking the NWS website at www.weather.gov.