Five people brought to safety after boat overturns in St. Johns River: U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard said a good Samaritan reported seeing five people on board the boat before it capsized

The U.S. Coast Guard says there was an "overturned" 18-foot boat in the St. Johns River on Saturday night.

U.S. Coast Guard said a good Samaritan reported seeing five people on board the boat before it capsized. All five were transported back to the Times Union Marina, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.  

Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department, as well as the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, were on scene.

We do not know the condition of the five people that were rescued.

On Monday, the operator of the boat contacted authorities after learning that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was trying to locate the individuals involved to see if there may have been any more people in the river.

FWC learned that the operator purchased the boat on Friday and was a novice. It capsized after the bow took on water from large waves on Saturday. All of the riders have been accounted for, FWC reported.

He was charged with two misdemeanors: failing to report a boating accident and abandoning of a vessel.

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