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Boaters found clinging to water cooler


Three boaters are recovering after a Coast Guard crew from Miami found them clinging to a water cooler.

The Coast Guard says Bruce Mandigo, Dave Mandigo and Jhade Woodall were anchored near West End in the Bahamas when their 35-foot boat sank Sunday morning. It's unclear why. The three donned life jackets and set off a personal locator beacon. The boaters were found in good health, albeit hungry and cold. Capt. Chris Scraba of the Coast Guard Sector in Miami credited the boaters' preparedness for saving them from a potentially fatal accident. The boaters departed from Boynton Beach but it wasn't immediately clear where they're from. They were taken to the Fort Pierce Coast Guard station Sunday afternoon.


Dentist voluntarily turns in his license

A Florida dentist has turned in his license, nearly four years after dropping a tool down the throat of a patient who later died. The Board of Dentistry moved to revoke the license of Dr. Wesley Meyers of Winter Park at a meeting on Friday, but the dentist's attorney says Meyers decided to voluntarily hand over his license instead. The complaint against Meyers involves a 90-year-old man who was seeking dental implants. In one visit, Meyers and his staff dropped a tiny screwdriver down the man's throat. It was later removed from his large intestine. Records state that in a later procedure Meyers dropped a mini wrench that the patient inhaled. He died from complications. Meyers was fined and prohibited from doing other implant procedures until receiving further training.


Hospitals offer ER reservations for fee

Nine South Florida hospitals are offering emergency room patients the opportunity to reserve an appointment online for a fee. For $9.99, patients with nonlife-threatening conditions can make a reservation at or on the hospitals' websites. The Tenet hospitals guarantee patients' money back if they are not seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes of the appointment time. Surveys indicate the average wait time is four hours in a U.S. emergency room. The hospitals participating in the online system believe patients are likely to prefer paying a fee to guarantee quick entrance. Some doctors have raised concerns that patients experiencing a true emergency might delay treatment, preferring to wait for a reservation.

Times wires