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Ranger Saves Lives Of Three People In Boating Mishap

Canaveral National Seashore

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On Sunday, March 14th, ranger Robert Romer responded to a radio request from Brevard County Sherriff’s Office dispatch for help in locating an overturned vessel in the area of Haulover Canal on the Indian River. The vessel was described by the dispatcher as a small canoe-type craft. Romer, who was on road patrol, headed to the Haulover boat ramp, where he flagged down a passing boat for assistance. The operator agreed to assist Romer and they set off for the location of the overturned vessel. Romer had difficulty locating the vessel due to heavy chop and wind gusts of 45 mph, but finally found it west of the canal. The victims were in 60 degree water and fighting the heavy chop. Romer could see an older man holding a small boy above the water. Romer lifted the boy, then the father, into the vessel. A third boy clinging to a red gas can was found nearby and also hoisted aboard. Romer immediately started treating all three for hypothermia. Once safely back at the boat ramp, the two boys were carried to a National Park Service vehicle to start the warming process while awaiting the arrival of Kennedy Space Center EMS. Romer’s quick thinking resulted in a positive outcome, with three lives saved.


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