Sinking boat leaves men in water at north end of island

September 23, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

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The Boca Grande Fire Department responded to several water calls in the last few days, including a sinking boat call just off the north end of the island.
On Saturday, Sept. 17 right around noon the fire boat responded to a call of people in the water after their boat sank, just off the north end of the island.
By the time the fire boat arrived good Samaritans had pulled the boaters out of the water. The bay boat is still out there, floating around, so be careful out there until it’s retrieved.
The fire department also responded to a call of an unmanned kayak, complete with life vest and all kayaking apparatus intact. That call came in on Monday, Sept. 19 at approximately 2 p.m.
After finding no one around the kayak the owner was contacted and told his kayak was running away. He told emergency personnel he didn’t know it was missing.