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Lifeguards stop runaway boat in Florida

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Two lifeguards in Jupiter, Fla., jumped into action Thursday afternoon to stop a runaway powerboat with no one on board that was heading straight for the beach.

A fisherman said on VHF radio that he saw a 26-foot cabin cruiser with no one on board about 4 miles from shore on a course straight for the shore, according to a report by CBS 12 News.

The lifeguards, who work for Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue, rushed out in their inflatable boat and caught up with the runaway, which was cruising about 15 mph. In a maneuver they say they trained for, one lifeguard pulled alongside while the other jumped aboard and throttled down the engine about three-quarters of a mile from shore.

The operator apparently fell overboard while fishing. He was rescued unharmed.

"I believe with the angle of that boat, it would've come right, it would've ran aground right in our swim area. That's the direction the boat was coming," Wesley Price, the lifeguard who drove the inflatable, told CBS 12 News.

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