A 25-foot Destin Fire Rescue boat capsized in the Gulf Monday morning while responding to another boat that had capsized near the west jetty with three people on board.

A Destin Fire Rescue boat capsized in the Gulf Monday morning while responding to another boat that had capsized near the west jetty with three people on board.


The Destin Fire Control District responded to a call about 7:40 a.m. Monday of a capsized boat with three passengers in the Gulf of Mexico near the west jetty, according to Battalion Chief Jimmy Taylor.


There were firefighters on board the department’s 25-foot aluminum rescue boat.


“They were attempting to make a rescue when their boat capsized,” Taylor said.


Taylor said the two rescue personnel aboard the boat were able to make it to shore uninjured and the boat came to rest in a few feet of water near the Eglin Beach Club on Okaloosa Island.


The three occupants of the other boat were rescued by Destin Beach Safety and the Okaloosa Island Fire Department and seemed not to be injured, Taylor said.


The other boat, an approximately 20-foot center-console boat, came to rest on the beach near the west jetty, its console torn from the boat and laying a few hundred feet away.


By about 9:40 a.m., Captain Jimmie Sedberry with the boat recovery service Sea Tow had overturned the Destin’s rescue boat so the damage could be surveyed.


“It’s probably totaled,” said Taylor, who estimated the value of the boat to be approximately $200,000 to $250,000.