Rough Seas Claim Capsized Kayaker Couple, Vacationing Doc Unable To Revive Victim
A man died in rough ocean waters after his kayak capsized Tuesday night in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
Just after 6:30 p.m., Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies, LBTS Volunteer Fire Department and AMR Ambulance were called to the shore near the 4100 block of El Mar Drive. A couple was watching their friend in his kayak from the shore when they saw a wave capsize the craft, tossing the boater into the rough seas.
The male from the couple entered the water and pulled the boater to shore. A vacationing doctor from Maryland who saw the rescue began Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation on the unresponsive man. He was transported by ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:14 p.m.
BSO homicide and crime scene detectives responded to the scene and hospital. Witnesses told detectives that the kayaker was about 50 yards offshore when the boat overturned. The victim was not wearing a personal flotation device.
It should be noted that on Tuesday, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) issued a rip current advisory for South Florida waters, including Broward County. According to DEM, rip currents kill more people in Florida than thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. You should swim in beaches that have lifeguards and check the conditions with the guard before venturing into the water.
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