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 Florida coast shortly after 5 p.m. on June 14
  •  Good Samaritans in a boat nearby were able to quickly respond to the incident and pulled aboard many of the victims 
  •  A rescue crew arrived at the scene shortly after the incident to see several people swimming towards another vessel
  •  One man complained about shortness of breath and chest pain before being transported to a nearby hospital

Eleven people were left stranded when their boat suddenly capsized near Beer Can Island, Florida.

Good Samaritans in a boat nearby were able to quickly respond to the incident, that occurred past 5 p.m. on June 14, and rescued the men, women, and children from the ocean, WISTV10 reports.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says their aviation unit arrived shortly after they received the call for help to see several people swimming around a flipped boat and another vessel lifting the victims onboard.

It’s not clear what caused the boat to capsize.  

Good samaritans nearby helped men, women, and children onboard the capsized boat to safety

Good samaritans nearby helped men, women, and children onboard the capsized boat to safety

Helpers responded by reaching down to grab the victims onboard

Helpers responded by reaching down to grab the victims onboard

Footage shows only two men still left hanging on the side of the capsized boat when the HCSO Marine Unit arrived.

One of the men didn’t have a life vest, but was tossed one by a good Samaritan. 

‘Almost all the victims were wearing life preservers,’ HSCO Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a press release.

Bodycam footage shows the trembling men taking turns onboarding the police vessel while clinging to a rope.

Nearly everyone onboard the capsized boat was rescued by the good Samaritans, except two

Nearly everyone onboard the capsized boat was rescued by the good Samaritans, except two

Two men were left stranded on the flipped boat when a rescue unit arrived to help

Two men were left stranded on the flipped boat when a rescue unit arrived to help 

Both men trembled while clinging onto a yellow rope to safely get onto the vessel

Both men trembled while clinging onto a yellow rope to safely get onto the vessel

One man rescued by officers complained about chest pain and shortness of breath

One man rescued by officers complained about chest pain and shortness of breath 

‘Bring me up, bring me up,’ one man urged as the officers helped him onboard. 

The last man to be saved reassured the officers that no one else remained in the water.

While being rescued, one of the men complained about chest pain and shortness of breath. 

The rescue unit called in 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.

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