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Release Number: 09-217

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

August 09, 2009

Deputy Larry McKinnon

(813) 247-8060




Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit
What: Deputies Rescue Teenage Boy Capsized In Tampa Bay
When: August 8, 2009
Where: Tampa Bay  near Apollo Beach













Deputies Rescue Teenage Boy Capsized In Tampa Bay


Late Saturday afternoon two deputies with the Hillsborough County Marine Unit rescued a 15 year old teenager stranded in Tampa Bay after his Jet Ski partially sank during a violent thunderstorm. The victim called 911 from a cell phone he kept wrapped in a zip lock baggie and reported his Jet Ski had stalled and was filling up with water.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office immediately launched a search and rescue operation sending out the Sheriff's Aviation and Marine Units.  The helicopter with the HCSO Aviation Unit had to abort the search due to a large storm over the search area.

Master Deputy Allen Dekle and Master Deputy Troy Durrance with HCSO Marine Unit continued responding to the area despite extremely rough seas and severe weather. HCSO dispatcher Heather Lyden stayed on the phone with the victim obtaining additional information in his whereabouts and trying to keep him calm.

After talking to the victim for approximately 40 minutes, Lyden obtained enough information to guide deputies to the victim's location. When deputies arrived, they found the victim in the water clinging to his partially submerged Jet Ski.

Deputies pulled the victim from the water and recovered his Jet Ski. The victim and his jet ski were taken to the Davis Island boat ramp where the victim was reunited with his mother. No injuries occurred during this incident.