Tampa officer rescues men after boat capsizes

- A police officer helped rescue some stranded boaters when their vessel overturned Thursday evening.

Three men ended up in the water off the Courtney Campbell Causeway when their boat overturned.

No one was injured, most likely because of the actions of a fast-acting officer

It all happened around 7 p.m. when the boat hit rough waters and capsized. Police said they received several calls about three people overboard in Old Tampa Bay.

That’s when officer John Preyer grabbed a boat at Hogan's Beach and raced to where the boaters were clinging to the flipped boat. He jumped in and pulled them to safety.

One of the men rescued, who did not want to be identified, said he and his friends were very grateful the officer and rescue personnel helped them and feared they would not have made it out safely otherwise.

Officers said Tampa Fire Rescue and a police helicopter were essential in helping to locate the overturned boat.
The boat was recovered and not damaged.

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