Helicopter Squad Saves a Man and His Dog From Drowing in a Lake


Imagine going out on what was supposed to be a relaxing boat ride in the middle of the lake with no one other than your beloved pet only to have your boat overturn – talk about a scary situation! That’s exactly what one man and his dog had to endure when they went boating this past weekend on Lake Poinsett in Brevard County, Florida. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office received a call with news about the man and the canine after his 14-foot boat had overturned.

The man had last been seen earlier that morning at 9am when the call came in at 3pm about him clinging for dear life onto the boat. It was then that authorities, particularly Chief Pilot John Coppola, flew the sheriff’s office Huey helicopter to respond to the man in need and luckily located the missing boater. When help arrived, the man was spotted with no life jacket on; also spotted was a dog standing on the top of the flipped over boat. Apparently the man had been clinging on to the boat for nearly six hours and he was extremely exhausted. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Coppola made the helicopter hover over where the man was while flight officers made the jump from the helicopter into the water to give the man a life jacket and successfully rescue him.

Once the flight officers were able to rescue the man and his dog, they ended up also finding another missing boater not too far away from their area. The missing boater was then taken to the shoreline, where the County Fire Rescue ended up picking him up and transporting him to the local hospital because of his low vital signs, no doubt a result of his physical exhaustion from holding on to the boat in the middle of the lake for so long. They were all understandably shaken but not too badly injured and are currently safe and sound.

(Photo Source: WKMG Local 6)

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