Three stranded boys from California 911, and calmly sat on top of a capsized boat, before he was rescued from the water off the Florida Keys, authorities said Wednesday.
Monroe County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin says Zack Sowder and Brent Shishido, both 18 years old, and Jacob Sowder, 16 — all of Orange County, California — were perched on the fallen trunk, their life jackets trapped under the 22-metre vessel, when help arrived Tuesday.
Navy Vice-James Hagar spotted the teens in the waters which is about 2 1 / 2 miles from the coast, and brought them safely ashore in his patrol boat. A photo released by the sheriff’s office showed the teens sit at a small portion of the hull that still jutted above the waters.
“Luckily, they knew their rough location. They were lucky they had a cell signal,” sheriff’s officials wrote on their Facebook page.
Hagar just had his boat out of the water around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday when he received the call about the stranded young people.
“He quickly the boat back in the water,” Herrin said in a statement.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigator David Bingham joined Hagar in the search for the boys. “They spent some time looking, but they found the three boys and loaded on board the patrol boat, and take them safely back to the coast,” Herrin said.
The teens had the 22-foot rented boat, on the Atlantic side of Little Torch Key, about 30 miles north of Key West.
Later Tuesday, Zack Sowder evidence of his sense of humor on social media.
“Make sure your lens is working before you five miles off the coast and realize that it’s too late,” Zack Sowder tweeted Tuesday evening, with two photos from the scene. “Other than that great day on the water.”
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