Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 14-243

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 25, 2014
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Informaton Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Deputies Rescue Three Canoeists

    The men got lost and spent the night on the banks of the Hillsborough River.
    • Monday
    • June 23, 2014
    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • John B. Sargeant Park
    • 12702 N US Highway 301
    • Thonotosassa

    Rescued Canoeists:

    Roberto Romero
    11444 Laurel Brook Ct
    Riverview, FL

    Mike Silhol
    8801 Hunters lake Drive, apt 624
    Tampa, FL

    Andrew Sadberry
    8705 N. Hamner Ave
    Tampa, FL


    On June 23, 2014 at approximately 8:00 pm, HCSO was contacted via cell phone by a man who said he and his friends were lost in their canoe along the Hillsborough River and unable to find their way back to their launch site at John B Sargeant Park located at US 301 and Stacey Road.

    HCSO Aviation and Marine Units immediately began a search and rescue mission in attempt to locate the men. About 1:00 am, Marine Units located their canoe. Deputies could hear the men yelling and kept in contact with them until daybreak when they were spotted. Deputies guided the three men from the log back to their canoe. With two deputies leading the way, they paddled for an hour to John B. Sargeant Park.

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