Caught on camera: Stranded swimmers’ rescue captured on video

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Body camera video captured every tense second of a rush to rescue stranded swimmers off Fort Lauderdale Beach.

It was around 6:30 on Feb. 7, when there was a call of a possible drowning. Fort Lauderdale Police, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue, all were mobilized to find three men who were trapped in a rip current. The men were quickly pulled onboard.

According to a police report, the girlfriend of one of the men who was caught in the water across the street from the Bahia Mar told police that her boyfriend was in the water with his brother and their nephew.

“Once they were in the vessel, BSO pulled up and one of their officers immediately started CPR,” said Officer John Rose of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

Lifeguards also swam up from the shore to assist and tried to continue to revive the man who was in cardiac arrest.

Two of the men, Jacinto Lopez, 28, and Augusteen Lopez, 24, were able to walk off of the boat, while the third was unconscious. Domingo Lopez, 27, did not survive.

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Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.