Beaches Fire Department rescues stranded boaters from St. Joseph Bay

Gulf County Beaches Volunteer Fire Department’s water rescue team successfully brought two stranded boaters back to shore near the Highland View Bridge Thursday.

GCBFVD recieved a call at 11:33 a.m. that two boaters were in need of rescue after their vessel had taken on significant amounts of water.

The water rescue team arrived at the scene at 11:40 a.m. and were able to safely recover both boaters.

“Two folks from out of town were in a boat that started taking on water,” Gulf County Emergency Management Director Matt Herring said. “About half the boat was filled with water when it ran aground on a sandbar just inside the St. Joseph Bay.”

Beaches Fire Department was assisted in the rescue by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the St. Joe Volunteer Fire Department, the Highland View Volunteer Fire Department and South Gulf Fire Rescue.

“It was a collaborative effort,” Herring said. 

No injuries were reported at the scene.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.