Rescues involved two separate sinking boats in the water near Choctawhatchee Bay.
The Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued 19 people in the water near Choctawhatchee Bay on Saturday.
According to a news release from Coast Guard headquarters in New Orleans, Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a report at 5:32 p.m. of a vessel with nine people aboard sinking near Choctawhatchee Bay. A good Samaritan responded and pulled all nine people out of the water but realized his boat was overloaded.
Immediately after that report, Sector Mobile received another notification of another vessel sinking with 10 people in the water, again in the area of Choctawhatchee Bay.
Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Destin 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew at 5:42 p.m. and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew at 6:04 p.m.
The boatcrew arrived on scene at 6:15 p.m. and took all nine survivors off the good Samaritan's boat and transported them to Post'l Point at Eglin Air Force Base.
A second good Samaritan took the 10 people in the water aboard his vessel MAD DOG and transited them to Post'l Point at 6:59 p.m.
There were no reported injuries.