Men rescued from sinking boat off Honeymoon Island during weekend shark fishing tournament

Posted at 6:00 AM, Oct 27, 2017

The City of Dunedin Deputy Fire Chief says they received a 911 call around 3:15 a.m. on Friday, reporting two boaters in the water after their boat had sunk. 

Fire boats from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and Dunedin Fire Rescue responded to the area between Three Rooker Bar and Honeymoon Island. They found two men treading water in life jackets who said there were two other men on Three Rooker Bar. Then men were all rescued and brought to shore. They are in good condition and did not go to the hospital. No other injuries reported. 

The four men had been out shark fishing overnight. 

Chris Leigh, of Tampa, the owner of the boat, was with Ryan Hagler, of Thonotosassa, told ABC Action News they were headed to a nearby island to bring bait to two other men fishing on the island when the boat took on water.

Leigh said they were in the water for about 20 minutes after the boat sank. He told ABC Action News he has never had anything like this happen before. 

The men were participating in the 2017 Halloween Hammer Hunt, a 3-day no-kill shark fishing tournament between Port Richey and Marco Island.

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