NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews and a good Samaritan came to the aid of three men off Haulover Beach in Northeast Miami-Dade after their boat began to sink.
7SkyForce HD hovered above the men on board a Miami-Dade Police Marine Patrol boat shortly after it docked at Haulover Marina, Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, a green tow boat was seen pulling the men’s submerged vessel.
Coast Guard officials said they received a hailing call alerting them about a 30-foot vessel, named Lester’s Live Bait, that was taking on water with three people on board about two miles off shore.
Speaking with 7News Friday night, a man who was on board the good Samaritan’s bait boat said the men were brought on board the vessel.
“He was like, ‘There’s a boat sinking, I’m pulling the anchor, I’m going to get them,'” he said. “They ended up grabbing the persons out of the water. We transferred the people onto our boat.”
As the men’s vessel went completely underwater, the good Samaritan took them to the Marine Patrol boat.
The men gave their information to officers and opted to have their boat towed to shore.
No one was injured.
At around 4 p.m., two tow boats were seen next to the submerged boat about a quarter of a mile off shore as crews determined how to upright and drain the vessel.
Shortly after, cameras showed the men as they stood on the Haulover boat ramp. One of them briefly addressed the incident.
“We are good. Everything is OK. The boat sank, but we are OK,” he said through a translator. “We were fishing off shore, and the boat began to sink.”
Just before 8 p.m., the once sunken boat arrived at the dock.
According to the tow boat company, rough seas and waves over three feet high caused the vessel to take on water and capsize.
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