CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral firefighters rescued a boater who was seriously injured overnight while out on the water.
Just after midnight on Monday morning, Cape Coral personnel responded after Lee County received an emergency call of a boater who was injured and unable to advise his exact location off the Florida coast. The response effort was led by Boca Grande Fire Department with support from Cape Coral, Charlotte County, Lee County EMS and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Lt. James Klein, the boat was reported somewhere north of the Burnt Store Marina and was eventually located by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. Rescue craft from Charlotte County and Cape Coral were the closest units and arrived to find the helicopter hovering overhead of a small boat. On board was a male that had suffered a serious head injury and subsequent seizure.
Charlotte County personnel made initial contact and were able to load the patient onto their boat. The patient was then transferred to Cape Coral Marine 7, where paramedics took over care during the transport to Burnt Store Marina. A waiting helicopter then transported the patient to a local hospital.
Marine 7 is one of four watercraft used by Cape Coral Fire Department. It is a 27-foot Boston Whaler used for marine rescue and firefighting purchased in 2007. Its sister boat, Marine 1, was purchased in 2006. Marine 7 is based at Burnt Store Marina and Marine 1 is based at the Yacht Club Marina. These two, along with two smaller rescue boats, serve as part of the regional Marine Emergency Response Team (MERT), a group of specially trained firefighters from around the county that are called out when there is someone in the water and a rescue boat is needed.