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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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  • Matt Constantino, I know you’re upset, but there was a lack of proper safety on their part. ESPECIALLY, if they were on a small flats boat and it somehow managed to be found 6 miles offshore. Luckily, they are fine and I’m sure they will DEFINITELY learn from this experience. On the flip side, I saw a picture on a different news site of one of them holding a big ass snook! Nice catch fellas!!! Im not gonna lie, I’d probably go out on a kayak in a hurricane if I knew I’d catch one of them monsters. 🙂

    Monday, 28 May 2018, 9:16 am
    • I AGREE !! WE CANT LEAVE YET THE FISH ARE BITING 🙂

      Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 10:38 am
  • Glad your safe… Always know the weather! And Stay with the boat

    Monday, 28 May 2018, 1:39 am
  • Dumb asses. Stormy weekend , high winds and rain for several days. Not a good idea to take a 14′ John boat out. Yea take a boaters class. Your lucky to be alive.

    Sunday, 27 May 2018, 9:27 pm
  • U.S.C.G. AUX OFFERS SAFE BOATING CLASSES <- JUST SAYING

    Sunday, 27 May 2018, 4:41 pm
  • glad there was a happy ending. some simple notes have a suitable anchor with enough capable rope, EVERY boat needs a life jacket per person and a noise maker ( I like the compressed air horn but have a back up whistle) boats 16 ft and larger require current flair set

    Sunday, 27 May 2018, 10:14 am
  • Not one of you ass know about the situatuon. You’re all speaking just because you think you like what you’re saying but really you’re too insecure about yourself and your own life that you’re online judging other people for the world to see shame on you my brother did the best thing possible given his situation until you’re sitting in the same situation you have no room to judge or criticize decisions made in a moment of heat it’s either stay strong or die and my brother lived to tell the story to heads like you

    Sunday, 27 May 2018, 6:16 am
    • Chill out. They’re giving good advice here and just trying to help! You sound as stupid as your brother. First rule,,,,NEVER LEAVE THE BOAT. I don’t care where your boating, have some common sense and don’t put your passengers in danger.

      Monday, 28 May 2018, 9:10 am
  • Seems the could have waited for the next incoming tide and paddled.

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 8:49 pm
    • Read the article again Joe…they DID try to paddle, but to no avail. They have up.

      Sunday, 27 May 2018, 5:29 am
    • The wind was blowing against the incoming tide last night at about 20 knots making it near impossible to make any headway… glad you guy Made it home safe!

      Sunday, 27 May 2018, 8:39 pm
  • OARS.

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 7:23 pm
  • OMG people don’t abandon your boat!! Remember the football players whose boat was swamped and capsized? The only survivor was the one who stayed with the boat. These guys are lucky to be alive.

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 5:53 pm
  • Glad they are now safe and hope they learned something from this almost disaster.

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 5:10 pm
  • Ty Lord Jesus

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 4:45 pm
  • Glad they are both ok, TROLLING MOTOR, AND BATTERY FOR THE TROLLING MOTOR. WORKS FOR US. EMERGENCY RADIO AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST ” sea tow” well worth the money.

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 4:18 pm
    • EXCELLENT IDEAS. AMEN TO SEA TOW.

      Saturday, 26 May 2018, 4:45 pm
  • Glad a happy ending also. Before getting another boat PLEASE FIND AND TAKE A BOATING SAFETY COURSE!!! Be sure you have anchor(s), life vests, flares, plenty of fresh water, non -perishable food (crackers, canned tuna, vienna sausage, etc.plus can opener) on board. Plus cell phone/emergency radio, flashlights, emergency beacon. Put food and lights, flares, cell phone/radio in ziplic bags ( blow a bit of air into bag and seal -will help it somewhat to float ) If you have failure ANCHOR YOUR BOAT so it doesn’t follow tide to gulf. YOU WILL BE FOUND FASTER THAT WAY. AND YOUR BOAT COULD BE RESCUED WITH YOU. IF BOAT CAPSIZES YOU CAN ALWAYS CRAWL ON TOP OF IT. IF WEATHER TURNS BAD THERE’S AN AIR POCKET UNDER CAPSIZED BOAT YOU CAN GET TO. You were VERY FORTUNATE someone saw you in the water and aided you. It could have ended differently. God bless the rescuer.

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 3:32 pm
  • I can’t imagine either of the two men abandoning their boat even though the engine wasn’t working. They stated that the current was taking their boat into the Gulf Stream…well they certainly could not out swim the current either and hypothermia would be the biggest factor when exposed to the water. Wonder if the boat was found or located?
    Anybody else find it odd that they abandoned their boat. The cardinal rule of thumb is never leave your boat, even after it capsizes………as you can hold on to the motor. Thanks…….

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 3:17 pm
    • GULF STREAM ????????????

      Saturday, 26 May 2018, 3:22 pm
    • My first thought was two 20 something y.o. wanting insurance money to maybe buy new boat!!! I bet they were drinking and ran out was my next thought in which case they should definitely NOT have been in water!!!!

      Saturday, 26 May 2018, 3:43 pm
      • U know nothing and this is so far from the truth

        Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:30 pm
    • The boat is a small john boat there’s no insurance money and the anchor was being dragged from strong currents from the storm pulling them further our from shore

      Sunday, 27 May 2018, 11:12 am
  • It’s a scary position to be in stranded out at sea. Not judging them as I don’t personally know them and can sympathize with the situation they just experienced, but this a great example of inexperience and in my opinion ignorance to safety. Most people think it’s just fun and games going out boating until your outboard stops functioning and you’re stuck out at sea with nothing but paddles. People, play it safe. If you plan on traveling offshore a good distance, always tell a friend or family member the general area you will be in, what time you’re going out, what time you will be back, and what time they need to contact authorities if you aren’t heard from. It’s also good to arrange a plan such “if I break down, I will anchor down and try signalling at 9am,, 12am,3pm, ECT…”. As far as onboard, a radio, GPS, whistles, flares, ANCHOR, extra water and food, some way to create shade, even a small backup outboard if you can store it, a small grill with fuel for a small signal fire if you are responsible enough to safely manage it, ECT… Nature is amazing, but if you disrespect the potential for danger, you can find yourself in a life or death situation mindblowingly fast without realizing it. Thank God they made it back safely to their friends and family.

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 3:14 pm
    • Everyone with their opinions they were on a small john boat Flatts fishing. All you experts popping off out the mouth with should of had an extra motor so on and so forth where would you like them to put it on a small boat? They had safety equipment the small boat started to take on water being dragged out into rough seas and strong currents from the storm were pulling them out even faster.

      Sunday, 27 May 2018, 11:17 am
  • So glad this story had a happy ending!

    Saturday, 26 May 2018, 2:34 pm

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