CLEARWATER — Rescuers pulled eight people, including four children, from a 17-foot Yamaha boat when it started taking on water late Wednesday a few hundred yards south of the Courtney Campbell Parkway.
The children ranged in age from 1 to 6 years old.
Scott Magness, district chief for Clearwater Fire and Rescue, said the eight people were fortunate the winds were calm, noting the outcome could have been much worse if there had been a squall.
"The boat had taken on some water, but it did not appear to be in danger of sinking," said Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Beth Watts.
Watts said rescuers arrived within about 20 minutes of receiving the call. The boat's lights were still working, which helped rescuers locate the group in the dark.
The first report of the disabled vessel came in at 11:08 p.m. Wednesday.