Boater Injured After Colliding with Channel Marker, Kayaker Captures Runaway Boat
SPRING HILL – Earlier today, RNRF reported a marine incident that occurred in the area of Bayport Canal that injured the operator and left the boat running astray.
Officials confirmed that a 16′ boat had struck a piling and caused the operator to be ejected into the water. The victim was rescued by three boaters who transported him to shore. The victim was taken to Bayonet Point Hospital with unknown injuries.
Marine Units with the Sheriff’s Office and FWC began searching for the runaway boat.
John Gagliano was fishing from his kayak when he witnessed the boat strike the channel marker and saw the victim being thrown into the water. While the other boater rescued the victim, Gagliano went after the boat that was still moving through the water. Gagliano says the boat made a few circles before it started heading towards Pine Island at full throttle. Gagliano kept an eye on the boat until it struck a sandbar about a mile from the incident. Gagliano rowed to the boat, strapped it to his kayak, and then brought it all the way back to the boat ramp. Gagliano says, “You can’t let a guy lose his boat like that… We fisherman are family.”
There is no word on the boater’s condition at this time.
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