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The Blaze
The Blaze
5 Aug 2023
Paul Sacca


NextImg:Wild bodycam video shows Florida deputy jumping onto unmanned runaway boat to stop it after driver fell off

A wild police bodycam video shows the moment a Florida deputy jumped onto a speeding boat.

A Florida man fell off his boat during a journey in the Tampa area on July 30. The man was reportedly rescued by a good Samaritan. However, the man's boat continued to race off the coast despite not having a driver.

The U.S. Coast Guard was dispatched, but was unsuccessful in reining in the runaway vessel.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Instagram, "The Coast Guard attempted to stop the boat by deploying propeller fouling devices, but it was to no avail."

Two deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office – both of the Marine and Environmental Lands Unit – were in a vessel that raced alongside the unmanned boat traveling 41 MPH. Bodycam video shows Deputy Fernandes jumping from one speeding boat to another. He doesn't falter, and then immediately brings the boat back under control.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shared bodycam footage of the daring rescue of the runaway boat on Facebook and Instagram. The movie-like video had an appropriate soundtrack of "Jump" by the rock band Van Halen.

The sheriff's office joked, "And yes Deputy Fernandes does his own stunts."

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office captioned the video with some boating advice: "If you don't want this to happen to you... always connect your kill switch lanyard."

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