FORT MYERS, Fl. - Rough weather caused problems for boaters throughout Southwest Florida over the weekend. One fast-moving storm over Fort Myers quickly turned a day on the water into a rescue situation.
A tiny sailboat capsized, leaving two boys in open water. Wink News spoke exclusively with witnesses who say they saw the sailers' struggle and called for help.
"We noticed that there was something definitely wrong out there and then we looked further and then we saw the boat was upside down," said witness Walter Crappse.
"Kept waving, yelling help, so definitely knew something was wrong," said Janet Crappse.
Two young sailors, had to be rescued after shifting winds and rough water flipped their boat on the Caloosahatchee.
"We saw that there was a storm coming up out of the south, however, from radar and earlier research this morning, looked like it was only moving about 10 miles per hour but it definitely picked up some speed as it got closer to the open water way," said instructor, Jordan MacMorris.
The boys were part of a six person, three boat group from the edison sailing center. MacMorris says small watercraft like these dinghies can quickly succumb to the elements.
"They don't have a lot of weight to the bottom on them, so once you get more added wright to the top it's very tough keeping them upright," he said, "Luckily we got everybody in safe, had to abandon the boat but we'll be back for it."
Lee County first responders quickly helped them to shore.
"Everyone who goes out on the water has somewhat of an idea what we do in this situation before we ever go off of the beach. They knew ok, we stay with our boat, we get on top of our boat, we stay above water, we stay out of the water," MacMorris said.
The boys were all wearing life-jackets and no one was injured.