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At about 7 p.m., Friday, July 18, the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call reporting an overturned boat with three passengers. Cedar Key Fire and Department of Public Safety Battalion-1 and Medic 5 (Cedar Key) responded to the scene. En route to that call, another call came in for an overturned kayak with two passengers in the water.
Cedar Key Fire worked to get boats in the water immediately; Sea Tow launched with Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson and LCDPS Firefighter/EMT Jimmy Willis and immediate life saving equipment to search for the overturned boat. Cedar Key Island Tours and Boat Rentals launched a pontoon boat to search for the kayakers who were able to get themselves out of the water.
All three passengers of the initial overturned boat were found standing in five feet of water with their boat. They were all safely brought to shore along with their boat by Sea Tow.
No injuries were reported. Members from both agencies, as well as the local community, worked well together toward the common goal of safely getting the patients out of the water.
If you are interested in learning life saving skills or volunteering contact: Levy County Department of Public Safety at 352-486-5209.