ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - It was supposed to be a relaxing day on the water for Vincent Jackson and his family. Jackson, his uncle, and his 9-year old nephew traveled from Avon Park to fish the waters near the Dick Meisner bridge Tuesday morning.
Shortly after shoving off, they experienced a terrifying twist in their excursion.
"I went to make the turn, as soon as I come back past the island right here and went to make the turn, because I seen too much wind to turn back around, I slowed up and all that water just rushed, on top of the waves and everything just rushed over the boat," Jackson explained.
Their boat capsized.
"It went underwater first. Then another wave hit it and flipped it over. Left the boat on the other side, turned upside down," he continued.
Onlookers quickly called 911 and the three were plucked from the gulf by St. Pete Fire & Rescue within 15 minutes. This was one of four search-and-rescue calls on Tuesday along Florida's west coast, amidst rough seas, high rip current risks, and small craft advisories.
Jackson says he learned his lesson and is just happy no one was hurt. He's very grateful his nephew was wearing a life jacket and that they are all good swimmers.
Bad boating weather is expected through Wednesday.