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15 people rescued from sinking boat near Boynton Beach Inlet

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Mar 03, 2019

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- Fifteen people, including two infants, were rescued from a sinking boat near the Boynton Beach Inlet on Sunday morning.

At 10:27 a.m., Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews were notified of an open water incident.

"Coming back in I guess the one wave just took over the boat and we took on way too much water," said Jared Cohen, who was on the boat.

Cohen was on his friend's boat around when the group ran into trouble and the vessel began sinking fast.

"(We) tried to get out of there, but the engine shut down on us, and at that point we were just stuck in the middle of the inlet taking on more water," said Cohen.

Cohen said they started screaming for help, but luckily the boat was only about 100 yards offshore in front of the lifeguard stand.

Cellphone video shows lifeguards, SeaTow and first responders quickly jumping into action.

"The boat was nearly sank, the water was already over the gunnels," said Steve Zickl with Palm Beach County.

Steve Zickl with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue paddled out to help as the four children and 11 adults were all pulled to safety.

"It was probably sitting pretty low in the water. There was a little bit of chop this morning, and I think that boat was just meant for being on the Intracoastal and not out in the ocean," said Zickl.

Zickl says thanks to everyone's quick actions, all 15 people on board were rescued.

"They were very lucky there was no injuries today. Everybody was wearing life preserves as far as the kids," said Zickl.