Crews recover capsized boat from Intracoastal Waterway
14 people on boat didn't have life jackets on
MIAM-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Rescue boats surrounded a capsized vessel in the Intracoastal Waterway on Monday in an attempt pull it out of the water.
After a few strong tugs, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was able to recover the 21-foot-long boat which capsized Sunday morning with 14 people on board, and tow it away.
Meanwhile, a 81-year-old woman who was on board remains at North Shore Medical Center.
The woman went into cardiac arrest after getting trapped under the boat, which capsized near Northeast 87th Street and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The boat hit a wave, which caused it to capsize.
Firefighters said the other passengers were not wearing life jackets.
Ron Stamey said he saw the incident happen and quickly grabbed his kayak and paddled out to help the victims.
"I don't know if they knew how to swim or not," he said. "My mind was, 'How do I help these people to get out of the water?'"
Rescue crews were able to pull the 61-year-old woman out of the water when they responded to the crash scene.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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