Miami-Dade County

2 men hoisted to safety after their fishing boat overturns near Elliott Key

Miami-Dade air rescue hoisted two men to safety after their 15-foot skiff overturned near Elliott Key in Key Biscayne Sunday night and strong currents pushed them into the thick mangroves.

Three men had set off on a fishing trip at about 8 p.m., but the rough surf forced them in the water about two hours later. One passenger managed to get help from another boater and call for help.

But the strong currents pushed the other two men toward the mangroves.

A call came into Miami-Dade Fire Rescue at about 4 a.m. that the two were missing. The four-member air-rescue crew set off to find them.

Using goggles, the crew spotted the stranded fisherman in about 15 minutes in the middle of the mangroves.

“It was pitch black,” said Lt. Chris Pecori. “The night goggles helped.”

The crew lowered a medic down to check on the men and then used a hoist system to lift them into the helicopter.

“They were assessed by the flight medics and did not require any further medical attention.,” Pecori said.