Good samaritans rescue 11 people stranded off the coast of Florida after their boat capsized
Dramatic moment 11 people are rescued by Good Samaritans after their boat capsized off the coast of Beer Can Island in Florida
- The victims’ boat capsized off the coast of Florida shortly after 5 p.m. on June 14
- Good Samaritans in a nearby boat were able to respond quickly to the incident and pulled many of the victims aboard
- A rescue crew arrived at the scene shortly after the incident to see several people swimming towards another vessel
- A man complained of shortness of breath and chest pain before being transported to a nearby hospital
Eleven people were trapped when their boat suddenly capsized near Beer Can Island, Florida.
Good Samaritans in a boat nearby were able to respond quickly to the incident, which happened after 5 p.m. on June 14, and rescue the men, women and children from the ocean, WITV10 rexports.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says their aviation unit arrived shortly after receiving the call for help to see several people swimming around an overturned boat and another vessel lifting the victims aboard.
It is not clear what caused the boat to capsize.
Good Samaritans nearby rescued men, women and children aboard capsized boat
Rescuers responded by reaching down to grab the victims on board
Footage shows only two men hanging on the side of the capsized boat when the HCSO Marine Unit arrived.
One of the men did not have a life jacket, but one was thrown by a Good Samaritan.
“Almost all the victims were wearing life jackets,” HSCO Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a press release.
Bodycam footage shows the trembling men taking turns boarding the police vessel while clinging to a rope.
Nearly everyone aboard the capsized boat was rescued by the Good Samaritans, except for two
Two men were left on the overturned boat when a rescue unit arrived to help
Both men trembled as they clung to a yellow rope to get safely onto the ship
A man rescued by officers complained of chest pain and shortness of breath
“Take me up, take me up,” one man urged as the officers helped him aboard.
The last man rescued assured officers that no one else was in the water.
During the rescue, one of the men complained of chest pain and shortness of breath.
The rescue unit called the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Marine Unit to immediately transfer him to a local hospital.
The status of his condition remains unknown.
Meanwhile, the other victims were taken to the Apollo Beach Marina.