1 dies after 6 people pulled from sinking boat off Fort Lauderdale

By Paradise Afshar - Digital Editor, Layron Livingston - Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A man died and five others were rescued Wednesday night after their boat sank near Port Everglades, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard officials said the boat began sinking about a mile off of Port Everglades.

They said a good Samaritan was the first to spot the sinking boat about 10 p.m. and picked up two people. Fort Lauderdale patrols, along with the Broward Sheriff's Office, another good Samaritan boat and a tow boat from TowBoatUS Fort Lauderdale picked up the others, the Coast Guard said.

One of the people pulled from the water by TowBoatUS was unconscious, and crew members performed CPR on the man until Fort Lauderdale's boat was able to reach them, the Coast Guard said.

Everyone who was pulled from the water was taken from the 15th Street boat ramp to Broward Health Medical Center. The person who was unconscious died at the hospital, Coast Guard officials said.

Authorities have not released the victim's identity as they work to notify the next of kin.

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