MANATEE -- Two boaters who capsized near the Cortez Bridge about 1:30 p.m. Friday may have escaped drowning or injury because they were wearing life jackets, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said Friday.
The boaters were in a nine-foot sailing vessel that capsized for unknown reasons, said Petty Officer Crystalynn Kneen.
"A motorist driving by witnessed the capsized boat and called 911," Kneen said.
The boaters, who were unhurt, were picked up at 1:45 p.m. by a U.S. Coast Guard response boat, Kneen added.
"We got on scene, pulled two people out of the water, re-righted the vessel and took it in tow to Annie's Bait and Tackle," Kneen said.
"It's good they had their life jackets on because they aided their survival," Kneen said. "If they didn't have life jackets on, we may have been searching rather than picking them out of the water."