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Boat sinks off Haulover Beach; no injuries

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HAULOVER BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A couple is happy to be on dry land after they were rescued from their sinking boat off Haulover Beach.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., Friday, lifeguards received reports of people in the water, just about two miles from the Haulover inlet. Nearby beachgoer and lifeguard Edie Suarez saw the whole incident unfold. "I put her in the rescue boat, and I had him holding on to the rescue boat because the current was still pulling us out," said Suarez, "and by the time rescue came to back us up, we were almost a mile out."

Officials said Lilliam Swingley and her husband had taken their boat out, and as they left the inlet the boat began to sink and then flipped over. "We were on top, and he was driving from on top, and then it just went down," said Swingley.

"Everyone started standing up, and the lifeguard came out immediately to their rescue," said a witness.

Swingley said the boat started tumbling out of nowhere and then flipped 180 degrees. "It did," she said. "I don't know how. It just did. He was driving it, and it just did."

Suarez called for help then picked up his paddle board, swam out to sea and rescued the pair. "I basically just kept them together, and I knew that everyone else was watching us, so we just put everyone together to make sure that they were safe and that there was no one under the boat or inside the boat," said Suarez.

Suarez' wife Gabriella, was on the beach and went to the rescue with her husband. "We just made sure that everything was calm and collected and made sure that there was no with injuries," said Gabriella.

Skyforce HD hovered over the scene where several rescue crews, including the Miami Beach Ocean Rescue, could be seen responding. The couple was then taken to the Haulover inlet.

Crews from all over assisted in the rescue. Swingley and her husband were then brought back to Haulover Marina. "I'm so happy we are here," said Swingley. "The boat is terrible, but hey, I don't care. We are just here."

There were no injuries.

Crews attempted to retrieve the boat from underwater but were unsuccessful.


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