Christian Mathisen: Indian River County sheriff's deputy credited with helping save 4 people at sea

Deputy hears distress call on marine radio

SEBASTIAN, Fla. - Four people who were in a boat fifteen miles off of Indian River County this weekend made it back safely to dry land with the help of a sheriff's deputy.

Saturday, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office says that deputy Christian Mathisen was patrolling the waterways of Indian River County, when he heard a distress call on a VHF radio.

Mathisen was able to get the coordinates of the boat and later locate it off of Sebastian.

The vessel, according to the sheriff's office, was taking on water when deputy Mathisen arrived.

He was able to help the four people aboard pump out enough water to get the boat moving again.

The boat arrived safely at the Main Street Ramp in Sebastian.

None of the occupants was injured during the incident.

The sheriff's office says that deputy Mathisen is a full time K-9 handler with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office who also helps with marine patrol as needed.

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