Florida boat captain rescues Cuban migrant stranded at sea for 4 days

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It was Friday, August 5, and boat captain Ross Larson headed out to the Keys to fish with his buddies on the last day before lobster season started. Twenty miles from the coast the weather changed and they were about to head out when…it happened: “All of a sudden my mate heard someone shout ‘Help!’ in the water and we looked at the bow of the boat and there was a young man waving his hand,” Larson said. fired inside. One of the men on board spoke Spanish and translated. “He told us his boat sank and was in the water for four days,” Larson said. Turns out the Coast Guard was looking for missing passengers from a ‘rustic ship that capsized on an illegal voyage to the United States.’ Larson and his fishing buddies had just rescued a Cuban migrant. put on the boat, he crossed his heart and said, ‘Thank you, Jesus, I’ve been saved,'” Larson said. Stay Informed: WPBF Local Coverage 25 NewsChip Sandt, his colleague at Pontiki Cruises He is proud of his fellow captain’s quick actions.” He’s so lucky that Ross was there and they had the knowledge and preparation to be able to help him when they got him,” said Sandt. Hard-earned in his day job, captain of Pontiki Cruises where he offers fun and informative tours of Jupiter by water with an emphasis on safety. The fishing trip turned out to be his day off.” It was like who cares to catch fish ? We just saved a man’s life by the grace of God,” Larson said. The trio of former fishing friends radioed an amazed and grateful Coast Guard crew who were searching the nearby waters. saved a man’s life today. Larson wasn’t always a boat captain. He was a teacher and vice principal in the Palm Beach County school system, where he spent nearly 30 years. Follow us on social networks: Facebook | Twitter | instagram

It was Friday, August 5, and boat captain Ross Larson headed out to the Keys to fish with his buddies on the last day before lobster season started.

Twenty miles off the coast the weather changed and they were about to head out when… this happened:

“All of a sudden my friend Mark heard someone shout ‘Help!’ in the water and we looked at the bow of the boat and there was a young man waving his hand,” Larson said.

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So they threw a rope at him and pulled him inside.

“He was shaking so much, hypothermic, and his feet and hands were just white as frostbite,” he said.

One of the men on board spoke Spanish and translated.

“He told us his boat sank and was in the water for four days,” Larson said.

It turns out the Coast Guard was looking for missing passengers from a “rustic ship on an illegal voyage to the United States.”

Larson and his fishing buddies had just rescued a Cuban migrant.

“As soon as we put him on the boat, he went through his heart and said, ‘Thank you, Jesus, I’ve been saved,'” Larson said.

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Chip Sandt, his colleague at Pontiki Cruises, said he was proud of his fellow captain’s quick actions.

“He’s so lucky that Ross was there and that they had the knowledge and the preparation to be able to help him when they got him,” Sandt said.

Larson’s sea legs were hard-earned in his day job captaining Pontiki Cruises where he provides fun and informative tours of Jupiter by water with an emphasis on safety. The fishing trip was his day off.

“It was like who cares to catch fish? We just saved a man’s life by the grace of God,” Larson said.

The trio of old fishing friends radioed an amazed and grateful Coast Guard crew searching the nearby waters. They each received a firm handshake and the words “well done, you saved a man’s life today”.

Larson wasn’t always a boat captain. He was a teacher and vice principal in the Palm Beach County school system where he spent nearly 30 years.

Monday August 10 marked the first first day of school since he retired last May.

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