Coast Guard rescues boater off Jupiter Inlet

Posted at 11:12 AM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 17:58:36-05

JUPITER, Fla. -- The rain was a constant factor in the forecast for Jupiter on Wednesday.

It may have played a role in a crash on Alternate A1A on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, a car flipped onto its roof along A1A and Admirals Cove Boulevard just before 12:30 p.m.

Jupiter Police shut down A1A for a while so firefighters could rescue the driver.

According to PBCFR, firefighters had to use the jaws of life to get the driver out of the car.

That person was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The U.S. Coast Guard says weather may have also played a role in an incident that happened on the water early Wednesday morning.

According to the Coast Guard, a 50-year old man called Sea Tow when his boat started capsizing around 6:30 a.m.

Officials say the 5-6 foot seas may have been too rough for the 26 foot boat.

Those who responded say the man clung onto a cooler while strapped into his life jacket until rescue crews arrived. Officials say he also had a signaling device on board to help authorities locate him.

The weather scared away many people from the Jupiter Inlet Wednesday, except for a very passionate few.

Mike Francisco was one of a handful of people seen fishing along the inlet Wednesday afternoon.

"The weather today is terrible, but it might be good fishing weather. Fish like bad weather," Mike says.

He says he's more likely to catch some fish when there are fewer people out fishing.

While Mike was fishing, another group was out surfing. Some even caught some waves in the inlet.

"Pretty rough. The inlet's very rough right now. There were people surfing inside the inlet a little while ago. It's a tough inlet to go in and out of," Mike says.

But it doesn't seem like the surfers mind the rough waters.

Mike says, "They wait for a day like this. Just like the fish don't mind the bad weather, the surfer's love the bad weather."