FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Safe and sound! Five boaters are counting their blessings this evening after their boat flipped in the waters off of Fort Myers Beach. It happened last night about two miles off shore, leaving all five men bobbing in the water.
"It started to sink up, water started to come in, and within five to ten minutes, we were in the water and the boat was upside down. I managed to keep everybody calm, cracking jokes and stuff like that until help arrived. I mean everybody is going to get nervous and that's not a good thing to do, to get nervous when your out in the water," said boat's owner, Esmerlyn Leader.
Leader remained in good spirits even after watching his boat take on water.
"I was not that scared because I had to keep everybody calm and since we had already called 911, I knew there was help on the way," Leader told WINK.
The boat was towed into the Punta Rassa boat ramp. There were many attempts to get this boat flipped right side up. Finally, it happened. The inside of the boat was no longer in the water.
"Hallelujah, thank God, finally, after a couple of hours of attempts."
The boat is damaged, but Leader said it will be back on the water, just give him a couple of weeks!
"If you're going towards Fort Myers Beach and you see everyone coming out of the beach, turn around because that means there is some bad weather coming in, I guess. I was the last guy on the beach yesterday," Leader. said.
All five men were wearing their life vests. The boat has since been pulled out of the water.