Stranded boater rescued in Everglades
WEST BROWARD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida boater was rescued after his boat ran out of gas in the middle of the Everglades.
Anthony Rahyms did not expect to spend his Monday morning catching a ride from a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy after his boat ran out of gas. "I took the day off just to relax and go out there," said Rahyms.
Rahyms found himself alone on his boat, stranded in the Everglades. He took off from Everglades Holiday Park and found his ideal spot to fish. When he did not catch any fish, he looked for another spot. "Then, I went and found my spot, went to find another spot and didn't start, somehow the gas line had burst," he said.
About four miles west of Everglades Holiday Park, stranded, he used his cell phone to call his daughter for help. Rahyms said he made the best out of his day despite the circumstances. "No alligators, it was nice and peaceful, quiet," he said.
He said he tries to go out into the wilderness prepared. "I keep plenty of water and keep plenty of snacks," Rahyms said.
Rahyms helped rescuers by describing landmarks to know where he was located. Several hours later, Rahyms was on his way to land with the help of BSO Everglades Regional Services officers.
Officers said its important to be prepared anytime when using a boat. "Make sure you have enough fluids out there to stay hydrated. Make sure you have a charged cell phone to contact someone, and tell someone where you are going," said BSO Lt. Fred North.
Rahyms said next time he goes fishing, "I'll take someone with me next time. It's not good to be out there by yourself."
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