COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "Some pretty stormy seas, 4 to 6 foot waves, white capped."
Thursday's storms churned up rough waves off the coast of Southwest Florida. Only WINK News was there as this sailboat rocked back and forth in Caxambas Pass. The Marco Island Fire Department said calls flooded their phone lines from concerned folks on land.
"Today has been a busy day."
As scary as this looks, Batallion Chief Jeff Kutzke said this boat was anchored and the people on board were riding out the storm. But marine experts tell WINK News, that's not an easy thing to do and they have some advice.
"Hunker down, make sure you have your anchor out, your free of any obstacles in the way, hold on tight and make sure your nav lights are on," said Dan Mercier with Sea Tow.
That's why Captain Dan Mercier with Sea Tow said the best advice is to check the weather before leaving port.
"If you can see a storm coming, try to get back to port, but if not just stay where youre at and try to stay safe."
As for this sailboat, after riding out the storm for hours, it ran out gas. And only WINK News was there as Sea Tow of Marco Island rushed in to tow the boat back to land.
"It gets real scary, you start seeing the lightning, the wind comes, the rains coming down pretty hard, yeah it gets pretty scary."
Thankfully no one was hurt on that boat. But rescuers admit they're about to enter their busy season as we get closer to summer and hurricane season.