Boater rescued off of Burnt Store Marina
FOX 4 Staff
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A joint search effort with the successful rescue of a boat that was seriously injured early Monday morning.
Just after midnight Monday morning, Cape Coral personnel staffing Marine 7 responded as part of the regional Marine Emergency Response Team (MERT) after Lee County received an emergency call of a boater who was injured and unable to advise his exact location off the Florida coast.
The response effort was led by Boca Grande Fire Department with support from Cape Coral, Charlotte County, Lee County EMS and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Lt. James Klein, the boat was reported somewhere north of the Burnt Store Marina and was eventually located by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. Rescue craft from Charlotte County and Cape Coral were the closest units and arrived to find the helicopter hovering overhead of a small boat. On board was a man that had suffered a serious head injury and subsequent seizure.
Charlotte County personnel made initial contact and were able to load the patient onto their boat. The patient was then transferred to Cape Coral Marine 7 where paramedics took over care during the transport to Burnt Store Marina. A waiting helicopter then transported the patient to a local hospital.