Two anglers rescued in Gulf west of Gordon Pass

Two fishermen were rescued by the Collier County sheriff’s marine unit Sunday afternoon after their boat filled with water.

George Cruz, 48, of Miami, and Cadir Betanceur, 46, of Naples, were fishing for stone crabs around 3 p.m. when a wave hit their boat and filled the deck, said Michelle Batten, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The men weren’t able to pump out the water fast enough and the boat flipped on its side, she said.

The men activated an electronic radio beacon and the Coast Guard picked up the signal and alerted the Sheriff’s Office, Batten said.

The marine unit went out to the boat, which was about seven miles west of Gordon Pass, and rescued the men. Cruz and Betanceur were in the water for about an hour and 20 minutes and were standing on top of the hull when help arrived, Batten said.

Both men appeared to be in good health, she said.

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