COCOA POLICE: Man Dies After First Responders Rescued Him from Yacht Battered By Hurricane Nicole

Man in distress was on yacht docked at Lee Wenner Park in Cocoa

WATCH: A 68-year-old Port Canaveral man died after an attempted rescue early Thursday, during the peak of Hurricane Nicole’s impact in Cocoa. When police and firefighters arrived, they found the couple on the boat as it was being battered by the waves and the dock.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – A 68-year-old Port Canaveral man died after an attempted rescue early Thursday, during the peak of Hurricane Nicole’s impact in Cocoa.

According to  Yvonne Martinez, Public Information Officer for the Cocoa Police Department, at 4:33 a.m. Thursday, police communications officers received a 9-1-1 call from a woman reporting her husband was in distress.

“The couple was on their yacht docked at Lee Wenner Park,” said Martinez.

“When police and firefighters arrived, they found the couple on the boat as it was being battered by the waves and the dock.”

A 68-year-old Port Canaveral man died after an attempted rescue early Thursday, during the peak of Hurricane Nicole’s impact in Cocoa. When police and firefighters arrived, they found the couple on the boat as it was being battered by the waves and the dock. (CPD image)

Firefighters managed to get on the vessel and began CPR on the man, and during the rescue attempt, the yacht broke loose from the dock and began to drift.

“Responders were able to secure the vessel with a rope and the couple was transported to the hospital,” said Martinez.

The man was later pronounced deceased and Cocoa police detectives responded to conduct a follow-up investigation. The cause of death is not confirmed.

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