Station Ponce De Leon Inlet rescues man from Halifax River near Daytona Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued a 67-year old man from the Halifax River near Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday at approximately 4 a.m.

Rescued was Dan Ruppert, from South Daytona Beach.

A crewmember aboard the sailing vessel Cahaya, who was transiting the river at approximately 3 a.m., heard a verbal call for help emanating from the river water and notified Coast Guard watch standers via VHF channel 16.

A 23-foot small boat crew from Station Ponce De Leon Inlet, Fla., immediately responded to the reported distress.

Upon arriving on-scene, Ruppert was spotted clinging to the side of his vessel, barely surfacing and his arms entangled in mooring line.

The Coast Guard rescued Ruppert from the water and transported him to Dunlop Boat Ramp, near Daytona Beach, to awaiting emergency medical personnel. He was reported to be in fair condition.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters, professional or recreational, to take extra precaution when alone on a watercraft.

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