Moment woman and man – sharing one life vest – are saved by sheriff’s deputies after becoming stranded in Tampa Bay yards from their boat after it broke down

  • On Monday the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Unit saved two stranded boaters who were captured on bodycam footage floating aimlessly 
  • The HCSO Marine Unit said they were conducting maritime patrols when they saw a disabled boat with one person on board and two adults 200 yards away 
  • Footage of the rescue shows two deputies pull up to the stranded boaters and rush to get them to safety, as they help the woman into the boat first
  • After the man is pulled on board to the boat he tells the deputies they have a ‘bad ass boat’ to which one of them replies ‘thank you’ 
  • Sheriff Chad Chronister asked other boaters to make sure their boats are in good condition before going out into the water and that they have enough life jackets

A bodycam captured the dramatic moment a man and a woman were rescued by sheriff’s deputies after being stranded with a single life jacket in Florida

Around 7:40 pm Monday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Unit saved two stranded boaters – a man and a woman – who are seen in footage floating aimlessly holding onto a single lifejacket.

The HCSO Marine Unit said it was conducting maritime patrols when officials saw a disabled boat with one person on board and two adults in distress nearly 200 yards away from the boat. 

Footage of the rescue shows two deputies pull up to the stranded boaters and pull them onto the boat, with one of the deputies telling his partner to help the woman first. 

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Footage of the rescue shows two deputies pull up to the stranded boaters and rush to get them to safety

The two deputies help the stranded woman into the boat first

The two deputies help the stranded woman into the boat first

'It's going to be hard to get up here,' they tell her. 'This boat's not an easy boat to...' but they are able to get her on board

‘It’s going to be hard to get up here,’ they tell her. ‘This boat’s not an easy boat to…’ but they are able to get her on board 

The stranded male boater tells the officers: ‘Appreciate you,’ as they help the woman out of the water.  

‘It’s going to be hard to get up here,’ they tell her, but then are able to get her on board. 

At that point, the stranded man asks: ‘Can I go around the back or…?’ motioning to the back of the boat. Officers tell him to remain where he is while the woman is guided to sit on a cooler. 

The deputies pull the man on board with a bit more effort.

Clearly relieved, he jokes with the deputies, saying they have a ‘bad ass boat’. One replies, ‘thank you’ and then one of the deputies appears to be talking on a radio.  

After helping the woman on board the deputies help then quickly help the stranded male boater

After helping the woman on board the deputies help then quickly help the stranded male boater

The man, clearly relieved, jokes with the deputies, saying they have a 'bad ass boat' to which one replies: 'thank you'

The man, clearly relieved, jokes with the deputies, saying they have a ‘bad ass boat’ to which one replies: ‘thank you’

The deputies pull the man on board with a bit more effort but after a count to three, he is in

The deputies pull the man on board with a bit more effort but after a count to three, he is in

The boaters later were taken back to their boat, which they were able to start up again, and they returned to the marina.

Sheriff Chad Chronister expressed gratitude for the Marine Unit that was on patrol.   

‘Had they not been patrolling the waters, this could have ended very differently,’ Chronister said in a statement. 

He asked other boaters to use this rescue as a warning.

‘Summer is just around the corner,’ Chronister added. ‘I want to remind all boaters to ensure their vessels are in good condition, and to please, always wear a life jacket. These simple steps could be the difference between a beautiful day out on the water or a tragedy.’

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