3 Fla. boaters found clinging to water cooler

May 22, 2011 - 3:14 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a boat sank in the waters off Florida, leaving three people who had been on board clinging to a water cooler until the Coast Guard came to their rescue.

The Coast Guard says Bruce Mandigo, Dave Mandigo and Jhade Woodall were anchored near West End in the Bahamas when their 35-foot boat sank Sunday morning. It's unclear why the boat sank.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the boaters donned life jackets and set off a personal locator beacon. They were found in good health, albeit cold and hungry.

Capt. Chris Scraba of the Coast Guard Sector in Miami credited the boaters for being prepared.

The boaters were taken to the Fort Pierce Coast Guard station Sunday afternoon.

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Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel, http://www.sun sentinel.com