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Team effort results in the rescue of three generations of a family


Boca Raton, FL A marine unit from the Boca Raton Police Services Department assisted in a rescue at sea shortly before 8:00 am, Saturday. Marine Officer Bob Alma heard a distress call over the radio to the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami. The boater said his vessel was taking on water. Officer Alma responded to the coordinates of the call and found the unoccupied capsized 25 foot vessel four miles off Red Reef Park.

While he continued to search the area in six foot seas, a Coast Guard helicopter arrived and located three people in the water about 100 yards north of where the boat capsized. All three were wearing their lifejackets and were quickly plucked from the water by a Sea Tow operator who also responded to the distress call. The three individuals were then transferred to the Boca Raton Police Marine boat and transported to shore where they declined medical treatment.

“This event could have turned into a tragedy very quickly”, said Officer Alma. “But the fact that all three individuals were wearing their lifejackets proved to be a life saver.” Boaters are encouraged to make sure they have all the necessary safety equipment required by the U.S. Coast Guard on board before heading out. The items include lifejackets, fire extinguishers, visual distress signals, sound making devices, including air horns and bells, and a throw-able floatation device.

 The three individuals were:

John W. Bowman, Sr. DOB: 12/31/41 

John W. Bowman, Jr.DOB: 5/25/65 

John W. Bowman, IIIDOB: 8/9/95 

All three were residents of Cape Cod, Ma and Deerfield Beach, FL