Florida deputies rescue baby trapped under water when canoe flips

Posted at 2:49 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 14:49:42-05

WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida sheriff's deputies were in the right place at the right time when a canoe flipped on the Weeki Wachee River, trapping an infant underwater.

The Hernando County marine patrol deputies had stopped Friday along the river for a late lunch.

That's when they saw a canoe flip in rough current and heard a woman screaming for help. They righted the canoe and found the baby strapped in a car seat.

The child didn't appear to be breathing but opened her eyes and cried once first aid was started.

The father was cited for not having a life jacket on the baby.