BREAKING: Two Men Rescued from Gulf of Mexico by “Good Samaritan” after Drifting Since Friday
HERNANDO BEACH – Two men are lucky to be alive today, after they disappeared off Pine Island Park yesterday afternoon and drifted in the Gulf of Mexico for several hours.
According to a statement provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, 29-year-old James Hansen and 27-year-old Tyler Gomez left Pine Island Boat Ramp on Friday and did not return home.
The Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Hernando County Sheriff’s Office began searching for the men around 8:30 a.m. this morning, but it was a Good Samaritan that located the castaways around noon today, floating about 6-miles offshore.
RNRF captured the heartwarming reunion with friends and family, as Hansen and Gomez were returned to the pier at Bayport Park.
Hansen was nearly unfazed by the incident, telling RNRF during a brief interview, “it was just a mishap.” Hansen says around 6:30 a.m. they abandoned their boat, after attempting to paddle back to shore. The boat motor on their 14-foot vessel failed, causing them to drift towards the Gulf.
Hansen pointed at the man who saved their lives and said, “I cried my eyes out when he picked me up.”
Gomez was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where sources say he will be treated for dehydration and exposure.
The man who saved the two boaters did not wish to provide a statement.
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