A freak storm overturned boats on Lake Sylvia (or Sylvan), a small protected lake surrounded by high-end residences in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Region: Atlantic ICW – FL & St. Johns R. One quarter mile from Intracoastal
Date Reported: Feb 17, 2016
Reported By: Mike Ahart, Waterway Guide News Editor
Source: Sun-Sentinel,NBC Miami,Boater Reports
A freak storm spawning tornados swept through areas of South Florida, overturning two occupied boats in Lake Sylvia, a popular anchorage just off the ICW at Mile 1064.5 in Ft. Lauderdale, and wreaking havoc across the region Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, 2016.
According to a NBC Miami report, one person was taken to the hospital and several people were rescued from the water in Lake Sylvia, but only minor injuries were reported. Wind speed reports from media and boaters range from 50 to 90 knots.
The powerboat was raised yesterday and towed to a local marina, and the catamaran was righted and dewatered today, according to reports
The Sun-Sentinel interviewed the owner of the flipped catamaran
Doug Reaney, 67, said from a Fort Lauderdale fire station that he was “a little wet” after being rescued from Dream Catcher, the flipped catamaran that the retired Navy veteran calls home. “I’ll probably be black and blue one of these days but I’m not hurt in any substantial way