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Florida Deputy Makes Daring Leap To Stop Runaway Boat: WATCH

View from an officer as he leaps onto an unmanned, runaway boat. The officer's arm can be seen as he leaps as well as his shadow on the boat.

While driving a boat in Florida, a man fell into the water. There was a collective sigh of relief when the man was rescued by a kind stranger, but the danger of the situation didn’t end there. The man’s boat was now unmanned and still going over 40 mph, making it a potential weapon that could crash into anyone or anything at any moment. First, the U.S. Coast Guard was brought in to help.

Soon after, Deputy Constant and Deputy Fernandes of the Marine and Environmental Lands Unit joined. A prop fowling device was deployed to stop the boat, but it didn’t work. That’s when Constant and Fernandes implemented a dangerous but necessary plan — and one that only trained folks like them should ever try. First, Constant matched the boat’s speed in a boat of their own.

View of the runaway boat and a boat used by Florida officers being lined up so they can be connected.

Next, Fernandes took a calculated leap onto the runaway vehicle and, without hesitation, swooped in to take control of the boat. From there, they were able to tie the boat to their own, getting all of them, and the vehicles, to safety.

“If you don’t want this to happen to you… always connect your kill switch lanyard,” the sheriff’s office shared on Facebook.

Watch this brave officer skillfully leap onto a moving boat in the video below.

@48hourscbs A deputy in Florida leaped onto a runaway boat that was traveling over 40 mph to stop it after its captain fell off. #police #florida ♬ original sound – 48 Hours

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