National Fisherman

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - A man rescued by the United States Coast Guard off of a 58 foot trawler, along with his brother-in-law and five kids, spoke to Channel 4 about the events of the rescue.
"The police and the Coast Guard, they did an excellent job," said Captain James Lee. "I thank God for them."
The boat is still anchored about a half mile offshore about a mile north of Nassau Sound in Fernandina Beach. Lee says he was out shrimping with his five children and brother-in-law Saturday afternoon when the engine conked out.
"Once the engine shut down, I had no way to control the boat," said Lee. "It's just going to end up wherever the tide and wind's going to take it."
The boat was heading towards the beach so Lee threw out his anchor, but it didn't catch.
"When there's six to 8-foot seas, you know, anything could happen," Lee said.
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