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(Tribune News Service) The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an 83-year-old man Thursday after a boat collision around 30 miles west of Sanibel Island.

A Coast Guard helicopter from the Clearwater air station transported the man to Tampa General Hospital with a leg injury, according to a news release.

The incident was reported to the Coast Guard around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Along with the helicopter from Clearwater, a Coast Guard boat from Fort Myers Beach arrived to assist the rescue of the injured man.

The rescued man’s boat was inoperable after the collision and was towed back to shore, authorities said. The other was escorted back by the Coast Guard.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating the incident.

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A Coast Guard helicopter from the Clearwater air station flies a rescue mission on July 1, 2021.
A Coast Guard helicopter from the Clearwater air station flies a rescue mission on July 1, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard)

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