Video shows Florida deputy jumping onto runaway boat after driver falls off to stop it

Florida police bodycam video shows an officer leaping onto a runaway boat in Pinellas County in a scene similar to an action movie.

A bodycam video shows a Florida deputy jumping onto a boat that was traveling at more than 40mph to stop it when its driver fell.

On July 30, two Pinellas County Sheriff Office Marine and Environmental Lands Unit deputies responded to an emergency call from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The sheriff’s department reported that the Coast Guard tried to deploy prop-fowling devices to try and stop the vessel, but were unsuccessful. “Deputy Constant was able to intercept the runaway vessel when he matched its speed (about 42 mph) within the curve, allowing Deputy Fernandes the opportunity to jump aboard and take control.”

The sheriff’s department added, “And yes, Deputy Fernandes performs his own stunts.”

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the driver of the boat fell from the boat.

The police report that the boat’s driver “fell off and was saved by a good Samaritan.”

The video released by Pinellas County Sheriff Office begins with one of their boats racing along side an empty boat where no one was visible behind the controls.

“You got it. I don’t mind getting wet. You got it,” said Deputy Fernandes.

Then he jumped on the boat that was running away and brought it to an end.

Later, the deputy and Coast Guard worked to untangle the line that had become entangled in the propeller of the boat.

Is there anything stuck in that?” A Coast Guard member can be heard asking him.

“I don’t know, I thought I did it. I didn’t know there was even a line there.” He replied, “Oh yeah I wrapped ’em good.”

Another Coast Guard member laughed when he said “Oh, this is what we need like 45 minutes ago.”

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputy seen jumping onto the runaway vessel on July 30, . (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office/BODY CAM+/TMX).

The deputy in the boat that approached Fernandes said he had done a “good work.”

He replied, “You too, great driving.”

“That was pretty terrible a –,” member of the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard rescued 7 people in early July from a catamaran that capsized near Sarasota.

The Coast Guard tweeted that the rescues had been made possible with the help of partners and good Samaritans.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office/BODY CAM+/TMX

This incident occurred during boat races near the area.


Adam Sabes, a Fox News reporter, contributed to the report.

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