Family rescued in Everglades shares survival story
WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The family who was rescued in the Everglades after going missing for almost 24 hours shared their survival story, Friday.
Scott Schreck, 44, his wife Carrie, 42, and their three young sons were visiting the Everglades for the first time. The Ohio family planned on exploring for just a few hours, but they ended up stranded.
According to Scott, the family had taken out a friend's airboat to go fishing. They took a wrong turn and the airboat became stuck in some tree roots. "I was kind of scared," said Luke, Scott's 7-year-old son. "I didn't know when we were going to get out."
Luke and his family spent the night deep in the Everglades, in the middle of a gator-infested environment. The Schrecks also had to brave through the recent severe storms. "It was kind of cold and wet," said Luke. "We really couldn't go to sleep at all, and there was lots of mosquitoes."
Luckily, the family had plenty of food and water. The friend who owns the boat started to worry Thursday afternoon when the airboat never returned to the dock. He called 911, and the search got underway. The family was found Friday afternoon and taken to the Regional Medical Center.
Now that he's back on dry land, Luke said, "I kind of just want to go to bed."
A true outdoorsman, Scott said he's not afraid to tackle the Everglades one more time. "I would go back tomorrow," he said.
Since they lost a day of their vacation out in the Everglades, the Schrecks said they may extend their Florida trip by a few extra days.
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