The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit teamed up with boaters on Sunday to rescue a group from danger in Florida.
Authorities were called just after 5 p.m. that day to the scene of an overturned boat east of Beer Can Island, the Tampa Bay Weather reported Thursday.
Members of the aviation unit flew over and saw the capsized vessel as several people swam in the water.
Aerial video footage of the scene showed two individuals clinging to the upside-down boat and others in the water. Another boat docked the swimmers and people helped them on board.
Moments later, officials on the sheriff’s boat were seen helping the two people aboard the capsized vessel to safety, and body camera footage showed the rescue up close:
“We’re going to make that happen,” said one of the assistants to the pair in the water. When another deputy threw a rope at one of the men, he told him to hold on and jump off the boat.
When the man did, the deputy told him, “I get it” and helped him board before saving the other man.
One of the men later said he was experiencing chest pains, so a Hillsborough Fire Department rescue boat rushed him to a local hospital, the Time The article continued, adding that the others rescued had been transported to the Apollo Beach Marina.
In a social media post Thursday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office expressed gratitude to everyone who assisted in the rescue.
“We are pleased to report that a family of 11 is safe today thanks to the efforts of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and some local citizens who responded immediately when their boat started to sink,” the agency said.
Followers also praised their efforts, with one person responding, “Wow…glad there was a happy ending. Great job, HCSO Marine Unit!
“Great job, lots of respect,” another commented.