Brevard Sheriff's Office Video of Boat Rescue

posted by Mike and Mindy - 

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office released a video of Sunday's boat rescue on the Indian River in the Palm Bay area. Marine units from the Sheriff's Office and Brevard County Fire Rescue went to the scene Sunday afternoon. The boat was overturned and the occupants were sitting on top of it when rescuers arrived.  No serious injuries were reported. The incident happened about five miles south of the Melbourne Causeway. The Sheriff's helicopter recorded the rescue.

BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AVIATION UNIT CONDUCTS WATER RESCUE Earlier today our Aviation Unit received a call regarding a swimmer in distress who had gone into the ocean near A1A in Indiatlantic. The female swimmer was subsequently located approximately 1/2 mile off shore with no flotation device and in apparent peril. The female appeared to be exhausted and in need of immediate assistance. With no time to spare, our "Tactical Flight Officer" deployed from the helicopter to try and rescue the victim. While the "Tactical Flight Officer" entered the water to steady the swimmer our pilot gained the attention of a nearby civilian boat who was directed to the immediate area. Once the boat arrived our "Tactical Flight Officer" was able to help the swimmer into the boat at which time the female was transported to a waiting Lifeguard and Firefighter who had positioned themselves approximately 200 feet offshore. The victim was then transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center for medical attention. Please join me in commending our Aviation Team of Pilot John Coppola of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and Tactical Flight Officer Bernie Bernardo of the Melbourne Police Department as well as Brevard County Fire Rescue Lifeguard Carlos Jenkins and Firefighter Christopher Gulliver who assisted with the rescue effort on shore. I would like to also give a special thank you to Nathan and Stacy Shaw, the operators of the boat who didn't hesitate to get involved to help someone in need!! Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Posted by Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida (Official) on Saturday, November 7, 2015

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