After spending Independence Day installing mooring buoys and removing invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish, park resource management intern Allen Wilson spotted a man less than 300 feet away waving his arms for help and alerted crew members Terry Helmers, Cornelia Lowerre and Melissa Wollangk. They circled back to find a man wearing only swim trunks and a whistle, but very much alive. After being helped onboard, he explained that he’d fallen from a yacht, unnoticed by anyone onboard, and had been treading water in the ocean for over an hour a couple of miles south of the Fowey Rocks Light Station. Eventually, the three persons remaining onboard the Scrappy, a yacht hailing from Coral Gables, did notice that they were down a man and radioed the Coast Guard. Park law enforcement specialist Wayne Rybeck heard the “man overboard” call and was responding when the stranded swimmer was reported to dispatch. After verifying the swimmer’s identity, Rybeck transported him back to the Scrappy. Thanks to Wilson’s keen eye, a tragic ending to an Independence Day boating adventure in Biscayne National Park was averted.