Toddler rescued from capsized boat

COCOA, FL (AP/WCMH) – A family of four, including two small children, was rescued after their boat overturned Friday.

According to WFTV, the Cocoa police were called to the Indian River near Hubert Humphrey Bridge around 10:30 p.m. because of numerous reports that several people were in the water after a boat crash.

Police and rescue workers found the family in the water, but initially the 23-month-old girl was missing. The toddler was later found unharmed in a pocket of air underneath the boat. Her life jacket had kept her afloat.

“We heard the crying so that was joyful to us. Usually instances like this don’t turn out like that,” Officer Matt Rush told WESH.

Another officer, Corporal Adam Ward said, “I’ll probably never forget that image of her holding the child up. That was pretty cool. Really nice.”

The family was checked by the paramedics and was found to be all in good condition. The reason the boat overturned in still being investigated. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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