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Boaters safe after vessel takes on water and capsizes in Lake Harris

Crews from Leesburg Fire Rescue joined with Lake County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday to rescue a man after his boat capsized in Lake Harris.

Leesburg firefighters and Lake County sheriff’s deputies rescued a man Tuesday after his bass boat flipped over about 150 feet offshore in Lake Harris. Another man swam to shore to get help.
Leesburg firefighters were able flip the damaged bass boat back over after towing it closer to the shore of Lake Harris on Tuesday.

Firefighters received the call for help at about 11 a.m. and were told that a bass boat had started taking on water about 150 feet offshore. After the boat rolled over, one person swam to shore to get help and the other clung to the vessel, a Leesburg Fire Rescue report states.

Lake County sheriff’s deputies located the boat first and pulled the person onto their boat. A Leesburg Fire Rescue battalion chief then found the other man walking along the shoreline.

Leesburg firefighters aboard Marine 61 towed the damaged bass boat back to a nearby ramp, where it was loaded onto its trailer.

Leesburg Fire Rescue’s Marine 61 towed the damaged boat closer to shore, where its crew was able to flip it back over. They then assisted with the removal of water and plugging the leaks, the report says.

The crew of Marine 61 towed the bass boat to the nearest ramp, where it was loaded back onto its trailer. Neither of the men in the boat were injured.

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