Family rescued by Coast Guard after boat captain struck by lightning off Florida’s coast

The captain of a family boat was struck by lightning on Saturday, leaving the entire family stranded off the coast of Florida and requiring rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Seven people were rescued from the 24-foot boat after a lightning strike knocked out power.

The U.S. Coast Guard wrote in a social media post that it happened about three miles east of Cape Canaveral.

The family and the captain were loaded onto a U.S. Coast Guard Port Canaveral rescue response boat and transported to a safe haven, where the captain received medical treatment.

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The U.S. Coast Guard said the boat they were on was struck by lightning on Saturday, but the family and the captain were safely pulled ashore. (U.S. Coast Guard Southeast)

The extent of the captain’s injuries is unknown.

The boat is anchored and the owner is working with commercial salvage for recovery efforts, according to the Cape Canaveral Coast Guard.

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Family on board rescue boat

A family member was among seven people rescued from a ship whose captain and captain were struck by lightning and left adrift off the coast of Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said. (U.S. Coast Guard Southeast)

“Bravo Zulu!” many users commented, praising the coast guard for their quick rescue.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Port Canaveral Station added that this is a warning to pay attention to weather conditions before heading out to sea.

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“As this summer season approaches, be sure to monitor the weather before you and your family set sail and while at sea,” writes the U.S. Coast Guard Port Canaveral Station.