Runaway Boat Heads for Swimmers in Florida

Publish date:
Screen Shot 2021-09-21 at 3.52.33 PM

A runaway boat near St. Pete Beach, Florida, almost wreaked serious havoc last Thursday after its operator fell overboard. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office received a call that the individual had been thrown from his vessel, and they launched a rescue and recovery mission from the land, sky and sea.

The PCSO found the operator treading water when they arrived at the scene, and they were able to tow him into their boat using a rope. They then shifted their focus to his outboard-powered boat, which was doing donuts at high speed, putting the nearby swimmers at perilous risk.

With help from the police helicopter, which noticed someone snorkeling near the boat, and officers on the beach, who shouted at swimmers to get out of the water, the PSCO boat set out to stop the vessel. They were able to match its speed and get parallel to the craft, at which point an officer hopped aboard and drove it back to shore.

While nobody was injured during the incident, it serves as an important reminder to always wear a life jacket and kill switch, which the operator was not. You can watch footage of the incident captured by the police helicopter in the video below.



Screen Shot 2021-10-21 at 3.45.15 PM

Wind-Powered Ferry to Ply Scottish Waters

A Scottish Government-owned firm is developing a 160-passenger ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cells and wind farms.

Screen Shot 2021-09-15 at 4.07.30 PM

Three People Rescued from Sinking Boat

After a boat in New Jersey started taking on water last weekend, the Coast Guard jumped to the rescue.

Screen Shot 2020-07-01 at 12.22.14 PM

Drone Captures Blue Whale Swimming Near Boat

A massive blue whale dwarfs a boat in drone footage captured off San Diego.

Screen Shot 2020-09-10 at 2.27.22 PM

Party Boat Owners Accused of Endangering Public Health

The Liberty Belle’s owners thought they were following New York’s pandemic protocols when the boat set sail, but city officials tell a different story.

Screen Shot 2020-12-18 at 2.51.33 PM

Abandoned Boat with Illicit Cargo Washes Ashore in Marshall Islands

An 18-foot boat carrying over 1,000 pounds of cocaine washes up in the Pacific nation, and its origins are a mystery.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 3.11.49 PM

Fishermen Make Surprising Catch of the Day

A fishing trawler in Australia catches a sunken boat in its net.

Screen Shot 2020-05-27 at 12.05.46 PM

Alaskan Man Makes Weekly 14-Hour Boat Trip to Keep His Town Supplied

A local grocer travels 50 miles by boat and picks up $30,000 worth of supplies every week to keep his small town fed.


Two Sea Turtles Killed in Florida by Boat Strikes

After two sea turtles were fatally injured by propeller strikes near Sanibel Island, the sheriff’s office is urging boaters to be cautious of wildlife.