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Coast Guard rescues wanted man from sinking boat

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Rady is a rescue swimmer sent from Clearwater, Fla., to help aid in search and rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class NyxoLyno Cangemi/Getty Images)

Rady is a rescue swimmer sent from Clearwater, Fla., to help aid in search and rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class NyxoLyno Cangemi/Getty Images)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Coast Guard officials have rescued a man stranded on a sinking southwest Florida boat only to learn he had a warrant out for his arrest.

Witnesses watched the small boat sinking in St. Petersburg and called authorities Monday. Coast Guard officials sent a boat and helicopter to rescue David Valone as he was floating in the water.

He was taken to the sheriff’s office for a routine background check. Authorities learned the 62-year-old was wanted for violating probation on a sexual battery charge allegedly with a little girl.

The boat sunk and was not retrievable.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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