A kayaker in Florida had a lucky escape recently, according to a post shared to Facebook by the Broward Sheriff’s Office on January 5.
Video by the sheriff’s office shows deputies reeling the kayak to the shore after the man ran into difficulty on a lake in Weston.
According to the post, the man’s outing “almost turned tragic” after the kayak overturned in the water.
“His wife was able to swim out to him with life vests as neighbors called 911,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. When emergency support arrived on scene, they found the wife of the victim paddling in the kayak with her husband in tow, they said.
A rescue swimmer was then deployed to swim out to the kayak and attach a tow line which gave deputies and firefighters the ability to pull the watercraft to safety.
“Had the man’s wife not responded quickly and decisively, the rescue team may have been dealing with a recovery instead of a rescue. She is the true hero of this story,” the sheriff’s office said.
The kayaker appeared to be uninjured, but was taken to Cleveland Clinic Hospital for an examination as a precaution. Credit: Broward Sheriff’s Office via Storyful