Similar on-the-water incidents in Florida and far away in British Columbia, Canada, each had happy endings when quick-thinking commercial boat skippers came to the aid of pleasure boats rapidly taking on water.
Off Clearwater, Fla., on Saturday, Capt. Lisa Jenkins was at the helm of the Sealife Safari day cruise vessel navigating the Intracoastal Waterway when she noticed a boat to port taking on water with six aboard and seven others in the water.
"They started waving their arms frantically," Jenkins told ABC Action News.
On the other side of the North American continent, a fast-acting B.C. Ferries crew helped to rescue two people and a dog from a sinking 16-foot boat in Saanich Inlet on Monday.
“There was a couple with their dog on board [the Bayliner],” company spokesman Darin Guenette told the Times Colonist.