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Air Force personnel rescue 8 capsized boat victims from circling bull shark off Florida coast

by Joe Mario Pedersen – Orlando Sentinel

Eight civilians were rescued this summer by patrolling U.S. Air Force personnel after their boat capsized off Florida’s Gulf Coast and caught the attention of a nearby bull shark.

On the morning of June 12, the 6th Security Forces Squadron Marine Patrol Unit decided to go for a routine sweep of the Tampa Bay coast, according to a MacDill Air Force Base press release.

The decision to go out was actually against protocol due to a “small craft advisory,” warning boaters to stay away from the water because of increased dangers of wind and waves churned up by what became Tropical Storm Alex, a system that passed through the area several days earlier…

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