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Boater rescued in Destin during summer storm
A dramatic scene played out in Destin yesterday when a boater found himself capsized in a summer storm near Crab Island.
There's no doubt the waters of Destin are beautiful, and folks come by the thousands to spend time fishing and floating around Crab Island. But that beauty can turn to danger in just a matter of minutes.
Pop-up thundershowers are a regular feature of summer in the panhandle.
But when those storms catch boaters on the open water, they can be dangerous.
"It was a fairly calm day, and all of the sudden we had this, like microburst of a storm come out of nowhere."
According to Derek Gross of Power Up Watersports, that's what happened to Stan Lauderdale, who sells merchandise off of his ten foot boat on Crab Island.
"He was on his way back in when this wave just came up and hit him, and then the wind just flipped the boat upside down."
Fortunately for Lauderdale, Mark Broome of Power Up, rushed to help him flip his boat and get to safety.
You can see the rescue in these pictures taken by Casey Jones of the Big Red Food Truck, who watched the rescue from shore.
"I watched two or three boats just go right by him. And luckily the group of fellas here were gracious enough to dump their anchor and go get him," said Jones.
Jones wants this rescue to serve as a reminder to boaters that sudden summer storms can be dangerous on the water.
"I got caught in a storm in August one time offshore, and it went from slick calm to 14 foot in a matter of minutes."
Gross agrees, and says everyone on the water should stay alert, in case of the storms.
"They can be dangerous. Because there's so much power in those little cells. And so just kind of stay out of them if you can, obviously. But it's hard because when they come up, they come out of nowhere. And you can't outrun them."
Lauderdale did recover most of what was lost when his boat flipped. He's already back on Crab Island doing business.