4 boaters, dog OK after boat capsizes in Indian River

1 taken to Brevard County hospital with minor injuries

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Four people and a dog were rescued from the Indian River after a 15-foot boat capsized in the choppy waters north of the the Melbourne Causeway.

Melbourne police were called to the causeway about 1:30 p.m. Friday after the vessel flipped over, plunging the boaters into the chilly water.

"They're fine, being treated for minor injuries.  The dog is a little tired but fine," said Sgt. Mike Casey, spokesman for the Melbourne Police Department.

Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported that the four people and the 45-pound dog were taken to Front Street Park where they were given blankets to warm up and treated by paramedics.

At least one person was taken to a nearby hospital while animal services checked on the dog.

Two of the boaters managed to swim to a nearby piling -– about 75 yards from the shoreline -- with the dog in tow while the other two clung to the overturned vessel, police said. 

Indialantic firefighters launched jet skis to assist with rescue efforts.  The Brevard County Sheriff's Office also assisted with searching the area for the boaters.

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