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Boaters rescued from capsized boat off Captiva Island

Posted: 4:48 PM, Jun 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-08 11:02:06Z

LEE COUNTY, Fla. --- Boaters were rescued on Thursday morning after their boat capsizes. 

According to Lee County Sheriff's its Marine Unit responded to a boat overturning on water approximately four miles west of "Redfish Pass" in the Gulf of Mexico. While en route, deputies were notified that the 5 adult boaters were in the water. 

Deputies were able to see the boaters sitting on top of a white capsized vessel and only two were wearing life jackets. Captiva Fire Department arrived on the scene and assisted Lee County Marine Unit with taking the boaters to safety. 

All 5 boaters were transported to South Seas Plantation for further medical attention. None of the victims suffered serious injuries despite the severity of the incident. 

In a LCSO press release, the boaters were attempting to anchor the vessel on a reef at the time it overturned. The vessel kept slipping and began to drift. One of the boaters jumped in the water to secure the anchor but the vessel rolled over and capsized.