Saturday, June 06, 2009
The Coast Guard rescued four people from a sinking 22-foot vessel approximately 10 miles off the coast of Jacksonville this afternoon. Duane Allyn Ferguson, 47, Kevin Ferguson, 15, John Banar, 33, and Mason Penblepon, 27, were taken from the boat by Coast Guard personnel.They had issued a distress call about 12:30 p.m. after the boat, which experienced engine failure, began taking on water. A 47-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard and a Navy search and rescue helicopter crew from Mayport Naval Station were used. The Coast Guard rescue crew salvaged the sinking boat and towed it to the Joe Carlucci Boat Ramp. The boaters were all wearing their life jackets.