A father and son from Palm Beach County were rescued in northwest Broward after their airboat ran aground and took on water in the Everglades Friday afternoon, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.
Around 3:30 p.m., Will and William Cazanas set out from the Loxahatchee Road boat ramp. They were found about 3 miles east of U.S. 27 and just south of the Palm Beach County line, spokesman Mike Jachles said.
"The father let the son drive the airboat when it ran aground and it turned and sank," he said.
Neither Will Cazanas nor his 13-year-old son was injured. They worked to free the airboat during the hour they were stranded then they summoned help by relaying GPS coordinates via cellphone to Will's wife who was back at the boat ramp, officials said.
A Broward Sheriff's helicopter and rescue airboat reached them about 45 minutes later and brought them back to the boat ramp. Crews were working late Friday to either refloat the half-sunken airboat and drive it back to the boat ramp or tow it back, Jachles said. ___