CLEARWATER BEACH, Florida — A Xenia native who works as a fisherman in Florida was rescued after the boat he was in began taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico last week.
Nate Stutes, 23, was in the first week of a four-week fishing trip with his 1-year-old German Shepard Ella and two others when the boat started to take on water.
Stutes told News Center 7 after the group abandoned ship, they boarded a raft and used a satellite phone to call for help. The U.S. Coast Guard found the group about an hour later approximately 165 nautical miles from Clearwater Beach, Florida. The rescue was recorded by the Coast Guard and posted to their social media page last week.
“The whole underneath of the boat filled up and at that point, we’re like man. It sucks that we’re losing the boat but we gotta go. It’s our lives”, Stutes said. “We didn’t want to die so we cut our losses and jumped ship. That was it.”
Stutes said the rescue was emotional and difficult because he had to try to keep his dog, Ella, calm.
"It was my job to hold on to Ella as I was getting dragged 100 feet under the chopper", Stutes said. She was freaking out. She was so scared. She covered me with scratches but I wasn't letting go so I took it."
Stutes is the son of Xenia Police Division, Captain Chris Stutes. Both father and son told News Center 7 anchor, Gabrielle Enright, they are grateful to the U.S. Coast Guard for their actions.
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