Thursday, December 29, 2016

3 teens rescued from capsized boat

Brent Shishido, left foreground, used his cell phone to reach rescuers, who took the picture of the boys.


TWO BROTHERS and a quick-thinking Asian/American teenager are back on dry land after being rescued Tuesday  (Dec. 27) from a sinking fishing boat two miles off the Florida Keys.

Their small vessel began to take on water and the three who describe themselves as strong swimmers quickly abandoned ship jumping into the water, reports ABC News.

Brent Shishido, 18, managed to keep his cell phone dry, keeping his hand above the water.  They used the phone to call 911,

“We’re in the middle of the ocean. We flipped the boat,” the boys calmly told the emergency dispatcher.

“Are you staying on top of the water?” the dispatcher asks.

“We’re staying on top, but I’m not sure how long we can last, though,” Zach replies.

A picture taken by one of the Marine Deputies who rescued them showed the boys sitting atop the flipped boat.

The boys said they kept calm, making jokes to each other about cannibalism.

"They were lucky they had a cell signal,” said a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Shishido and the Sowder brothers, Zack and Jacob, are from the Yorba Linda area of Southern California.