Father, daughter swim to shore, walk 5 miles after boat capsizes on Indian River


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A father and daughter were found safe Friday after swimming to shore and walking 5 miles after their boat capsized on the Indian River near Titusville.

Wallace Schroder, 53, and his 10-year-old daughter were found walking along NASA Causeway about 5:30 a.m. Friday, authorities said. The pair flagged down a driver, who called for help.

Schroder said their boat capsized late Thursday night after they left the Parrish Park ramp, and they had to hold onto the boat as it floated. He said his daughter had a life vest and they swam to shore.  []

“It got pretty cool last night and you’re also fighting the current and the wind,” said Lenny Salberg of Florida Fish and Wildlife. “When you have a vessel that’s capsizing, going under so quick, you really don’t have time to grab anything.”

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