A Florida Keys man jumped in the water to retrieve a pool noodle. He soon needed help

Boaters on the Florida Keys know this exercise.
You're out on the water fishing, sunbathing, or sandbar parties, and the wind is blowing something off the boat. Maybe it's a seat cushion, a cardboard beer crate, or a plastic float. A volunteer often dives in to recover it before it drifts off into the fragile ecosystem.
Lawrence Boyts, 68, of Cudjoe Key, was looking for a pool noodle that sailed off his boat into the water on Friday, August 12 while he and his wife Donna were anchored in Sawyer Key in the Lower Keys.
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But Boyts ran into trouble while swimming. His wife lost track of him and called 911. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded around 4:40 p.m.
"He's been chasing it a bit," FWC spokesman Jason Rafter said Monday. "He was swimming with the wind and the current at that point."
FWC officers Austin Cobb and Lt. Brian Sapp was referred to Boyts and he was pulled out of the water at 5:21 p.m., Rafter said.
Boyts was exhausted and sickly from saltwater consumption, but otherwise in good shape and good spirits, the agency reported. He was brought back to the boat.
Donna Boyts said the officers are "heroes in our hearts".

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