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Dramatic Rescue: Seven Saved After Boat Overturns in Florida Waters

Seven Rescued From Sinking Vessel off Florida Coast 0:49

Seven people, including three children, were rescued from a capsized boat near Fort Myers, Florida, Saturday, officials said.

The group of four adults and three children were participating in a youth fishing tournament off Sanibel Island at about 10:15 a.m, when firefighters say the engine of their 32-foot boat failed. Waves then capsized the boat and pushed the group farther into the ocean. Luckily, all were wearing life jackets, officials said.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office helicopter responded to the incident after the boaters used a cell phone to call for help, officials told Fort Myers NBC affiliate WBBH.

The Sheriff's Office along with the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard was able to locate and rescue all of the victims and transport them to Sanibel Island for treatment.

"Today, life jackets saved seven people," said Grant Lacy with the U.S. Coast Guard Fort Myers Station told WBBH.

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