Rescue teams save pair of boaters from Irma (video)

Two people who thought they could weather Hurricane Irma on their anchored boat found they had to be rescued by Florida deputies on Sunday.

Martin County Sheriff’s Marine and Strike teams went out into the treacherous waters off the Atlantic Coast, north of Palm Beach, minutes before the Category 4 hurricane was set to make landfall in order to rescue the pair.

It is unclear why the two people were still out on their boat, but their plight was revealed in a tweet by the Martin County Sheriff’s office (MCSO). They captioned a video showing the boat rocked by waves with: “MCSO Marine Units attempting to recuse two people who remained on their vessel.”

A second tweet announced that the pair was safe, as were the rescuers. The MCSO tweeted: “MCSO Marine Rescue complete. Everyone is safe. Good job everyone.”

According to the latest announcement from the National Hurricane Center on Sunday afternoon, a wind gust in Marco Island, Florida hit 130 mph.  If it were to maintain 130 mph, the storm would be a Category 4.  Currently, the storm is sustaining 120 mph winds at a Category 3.

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