Lieutenant paddles 2 miles, rescues missing canoeists
Monday, June 28, 2010
Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459
It was well past dark on Saturday night, and two
teenaged brothers were missing after taking out their canoe on the
Loxahatchee River in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Lt. Steve
Sheridan with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) was off-duty when he heard dispatch advise of the situation.
The brothers had separated from their group and never made it to
Lt. Sheridan reported for duty, then drove around
the area and attempted to make contact with the missing canoeists,
but there was no response. By 10 p.m., the brothers had been
missing for several hours. Lt. Sheridan quickly launched his own
canoe and paddled approximately two miles, calling out for the
missing canoeists every few minutes. At approximately 11:40 p.m.,
one of the brothers called back. He advised that both were OK. Lt.
Sheridan paddled up to the brothers and gave them some bottled
Too tired to paddle back to themselves, the
brothers had to be towed back to safety. Lt. Sheridan attached
their canoe to his canoe, and paddled back to Trapper Nelson's
camp. Deputies and resources from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's
Office and Martin County Sheriff's Office also assisted. Just after
midnight, Lt. Sheridan and the teens arrived back at the boat ramp,
where they were met by their parents. The teens did not require
The FWC advises all boaters, to always make safety
a priority. Leave a float plan with someone you can depend on.
Always wear life vests when on the water.
For boating safety tips, visit