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Scouts Canoe to the Rescue on Manatee River

Scout Caleb S. explains he was simply doing as he was trained by helping the boaters. (Photo credit: WFLA)
Scout Caleb S. explains he was simply doing as he was trained by helping the boaters. (Photo credit: WFLA)

These Florida Scouts are ready to help others at all times, even when they’re kicking back on a camping trip.

Recently, a father and son were enjoying a day on the water at the Manatee River near Tampa, Fla., when their aquatic adventure took a frightening turn. They were almost a mile into their excursion when the boat hit an underwater object, causing it to overturn.

Fortunately for the father and son, a Boy Scout troop from the Southwest Florida Council had set up camp within earshot of the accident.

When Caleb S. and another Scout heard the commotion, they fervently set off to help. The boys headed to the scene by canoe, prepared with a medical kit and were even ready to perform CPR if needed.

The river-savvy Scouts were able to help the boaters and emergency services arrived shortly after to take the father and son to the hospital.

Equipped with a medical kit, the Scouts canoed to the boaters' rescue. (Photo credit: WFLA)
Equipped with a medical kit, the Scouts canoed to the boaters’ rescue. (Photo credit: WFLA)

“All that first aid training I have taken as a Boy Scout growing up in the troop helped. It came in handy, very handy because otherwise I wouldn’t have known what to do…. It’s just doing what I have been trained to do to be totally honest,” Caleb told WFLA News.

Lieutenant Baryl Martin of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission commended the Boy Scouts for their heroic assistance.

“Anytime anyone has any training regarding first aid or any additional that the general public doesn’t receive, it is always nice to see people use that in a good way when bad things happen in the water or in the woods,” he explained to WFLA News.

Thanks to the Scouts’ proper training and quick thinking, they were able to lend a hand at a moments notice.

Watch the video below and be sure to read the full story on WFLA to learn more about the Scouts’ impressive rescue.

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Rochelle Randles

Rochelle

Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.