LCSO: Five saved in Gulf after boat capsized

Lee Herald Favicon 16Five boaters are safe after being rescued from their capsized vessel in the Gulf of Mexico by members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

According to an LCSO release, the organization’s marine unit responded to reports of boat taking on water approximately four miles west of Redfish Pass in the Gulf of Mexico at 8:50 a.m. Thursday morning.

Deputies discovered five men sitting on top of a white vessel that had capsized, only two of which were wearing life jackets. The marine unit assisted two of the boaters who had remained on the vessel while the Captiva Fire Department, who had arrived on the scene, rescued the three who had jumped into the water.

LCSO reports state that the boaters had attempted to anchor the vessel on a reef, but the boat continued to slip anchor and began to drift. One of the passengers dove into the water to secure the anchor, but once it caught the bottom, the boat tipped to one side and began taking on water in what were very rough seas.

All five men were transported to South Seas Plantation for further medical attention, but none were seriously injured.

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