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Darien family with 5 children rescued off Florida coast

(Source: United States Coast Guard) (Source: United States Coast Guard)

A family with five children has been rescued after their boat became disabled in Nassau, Fla., Saturday.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat crew were able to rescue the family from Darien, Ga.

Rescued were Keith Geiger, of Darien, Ga., Geiger's brother-in-law, James Lee, also of Darien, and Lee's five children, ages 15, 14, 11, 9 and 2 years old.

The boaters were able to notify watchstanders around 2:45 p.m. that their vessel became disabled, the anchor was not holding and they were rapidly drifting to shore, according to a news release.

The helicopter was dispatched to make an aerial rescue but weather conditions and the boat's rigging made the helicopter hoist operations too dangerous.

Later in the day a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat crew was able to come alongside the trawler to remove the four youngest children and transfer them to the Coast Guard boat. The Coast Guard helicopter crew then hoisted Geiger, Lee and the 15-year-old boy and took them to Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport.

The family was reunited at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in Atlantic Beach.

No injuries were reported. 

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