MPD officers discovered boat in distress about two miles south of the 192 Causeway
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Units from the Melbourne Police Department, Melbourne Fire Rescue, Indialantic Police Department, Melbourne Beach Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Aviation unit responded to a capsized boat in the Indian River Lagoon in the vicinity of 2929 Riverview Drive on Saturday evening about at about 7:27 p.m., then worked jointly to retrieve the boaters from the water.
According to Melbourne Police Lt. B. Delaney, upon their arrival, officers discovered the boat in distress approximately two miles south of the 192 Causeway, in the river with the boat occupants in distress.
“The boat that had capsized had two individuals aboard and were holding onto the boat while speaking with the Melbourne Police Department Communications Center,” said Lt. Delaney.
A multi-agency rescue effort then ensued to try to recover the occupants from the water as quickly as possible.
“As first responders worked to get a rescue boat into the water, an unidentified Good Samaritan came upon the subjects in distress and assisted in rescue efforts as he had them board his boat,” said Lt. Delaney.
“The subjects in distress shortly thereafter were picked up by Melbourne Fire Rescue boat and transported to the Front Street boat ramp.”
Upon their arrival to the boat ramp, the two occupants of the capsized boat received on site medical treatment as a precaution. Both occupants on the boat have been medically cleared and released from a hospital, with no injuries sustained during the boating incident.
Lt. Delaney said the capsized boat was described as a 17-foot “Aqua Sport” boat and the events that lead to the boat taking on water and capsizing are unknown, and there is no further law enforcement investigation into this incident.