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11/07/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/07/2018 18:01

Coast Guard rescues 51-year-old man from water in Alligator Reef, Key West

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U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
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Coast Guard rescues 51-year-old man from water in Alligator Reef, Islamorada

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MIAMI - The Coast Guard rescued a 51-year-old man from the water in Alligator Reef, Islamorada, Wednesday.

Rescued was Carlos Arboleda, 51.

At approximately 11 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from a source saying they lost sight of a man swimming in Alligator Reef. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew and a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to search.

The boatcrew located Arboleda at approximately 11:40 a.m. and returned him to his boat with no reported injuries.

'Rough seas can be a threat to even the strongest swimmers,' said Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Vita, a Station Islamorada boatcrew member. 'Wearing a life jacket can save your life and we encourage everyone out on the water to wear one.'

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