Family sank 20 hours and was rescued near the Florida Keys

11 October 2011

MIAMI – Seven members of one family spent about twenty hours floating in March until they were rescued by a sailor, who found, with hypothermia and jellyfish stings, after their boat capsized off the coast of the Keys Florida.

This is explained by the Commission for the Conservation of Fish and Wildlife Florida (FWC, for its acronym in English), which is investigating the incident to clarify what happened and to try to find another family member still missing. “A family of seven (people) was rescued by a Good Samaritan and the Coast Guard patrol station Marathon (Florida) after his boat capsized in the Keys,” the agency said through a statement.

 The boat overturned by the impact of two waves on a day when the sea was very choppy and the peninsula of Florida was plagued by a severe storm that swept high winds and rain. According to the FWC, in the sunken boat on Saturday carrying eight people (four women, three men and a child), of which one of them, living in Miami, remains missing. Not wearing a life jacket.