Hills. Co. Fire Rescue responds to capsized boat

RIVERVIEW, Fla. -- On Saturday afternoon just after 2:00, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received a call of a capsized boat in the Alafia River. Crews were advised that there were four people onboard at the time that the boat capsized, and all were in the river.

When crews arrived on scene, two of the boaters were located on dry land, and two were reported still missing.

While search and rescue operations were underway, HCFR command units were advised that a third boater was located further down the river. That victim had swam to a dock and walked to a home along the river.

Fire Rescue made contact with the victims, and were advised that the outstanding victim was not able to swim.

Crews located the fourth victim in the water grasping to a tree limb in very strong currents. Crews from HCSO pulled the victim onto their boat and took the victim to a nearby boat ramp for medical evaluation. All four victims were medically evaluated, and all refused transport.

The victims advised that they were going up river fighting a strong current when they tried to turn around. At that time their boat struck a branch and overturned.

None of the people on board the boat were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.

The boat has been removed from the river, and was taken to a nearby boat ramp.


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