Video: Dad, son saved in ‘miracle’

updated 9/8/2008 2:44:14 PM ET 2008-09-08T18:44:14

A father and his 12-year-old son were safe Monday after spending more than 12 hours overnight treading water in the Atlantic miles from the central Florida coast.

The Coast Guard said the two were swept away by the tide Saturday and found by rescuers the next morning. The father was found about eight miles from shore and the boy two hours later, one mile from his father.

Both were in good condition Monday at a local hospital.

Authorities said Chris Marino was swimming when he became caught in a current. His 46-year-old father, Walter Marino, jumped in to save the boy. Marino's daughter saw them being carried out to sea and called the Coast Guard.

The two became separated after dark as they floated in 3-foot swells. The family is from Oviedo in central Florida.

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