Father son rescued from swamped airboat in the Everglades



Rescuers pulled a father and teenaged son out of the Everglades Friday afternoon after their airboat took on water and sank.

“One of the men called a relative and said the boat was sinking,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella, “and they were able to give an approximate location.”

The relative called the BSO at about 4 p.m.

Rescuers found the two by helicopter about two miles west of Sample Road in Everglades Wildlife Management Area 2A around 4:30 p.m.. The rescuers arrived just after a WSVN Channel 7 helicopter shot footage of the father and son standing on the bow of their half-sunk boat.

The boat’s bow was wedged up against a wall of sawgrass, and the hull was swamped, with half of the propeller under water.

BSO Fire Rescue airboat brought the two back to a boat ramp on Loxahatchee Road around 5:30 p.m.

Moschella said the pair was not injured.

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