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Coast Guard Rescues 2 Men From Capsized Boat Off St Petersburg

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Stock Coast Guard photo.  (Photo credit: JOEL NITO/AFP/Getty Images)

Stock Coast Guard photo. (Photo credit: JOEL NITO/AFP/Getty Images)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued two men whose boat capsized off the coast of St. Petersburg.

Authorities received a mayday call from the men Saturday afternoon reporting that their 16-foot recreational boat had capsized.

The men, ages 24 and 25, said they needed immediate assistance.

The Coast Guard launched a rescue boat to the scene and was able to safely recover both men from the water.

Crew-members were then able to upright the boat and tow it in.

Officials say the boaters had brought along handheld radios that allowed them to contact the Coast Guard.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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