Six Boaters Hospitalized After Being Rescued Off FTL Beach

Six people are in a Broward County hospital after being rescued late Wednesday night in the waters off Fort Lauderdale after their boat reportedly started taking on water.

A call came in to 911 around 10:30 p.m. and rescue crews from the Coast Guard, Broward Sheriff’s Office and other agencies were sent by air and water to respond about two miles off shore.

They were able to reach the boaters – four in the sinking boat and two in the water – and rushed them back to shore, where Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue took them to Broward General Hospital.

One of the boaters is listed in critical condition, while officials continue to investigate. The boaters reportedly were in the water for close to 20 minutes before crews reached them in waters less than 100 feet deep.