Authorities try to rescue people who stayed on boat during Irma

A sailboat rocks in the waves during Hurricane Irma.

A marine unit was able to navigate the unsafe waters and bring them to safety, the sheriff’s office said.

Two people who can not swim had to be rescued by Florida sheriff’s deputies after trying to ride out Hurricane Irma’s advancing winds aboard a small sailboat.

The rescue was successful and two people were soon seen walking back onto land.

“The mariners say they are unable to swim”, the sheriff’s office posted before the rescue began. “Please pray for the safety of our courageous first responders”.

The incident occurred just off Jensen Beach, which is on the Atlantic Coast north of Palm Beach, the news agency reported.

Video posted by the sheriff’s office shows the marine units rushing to the boat. “Everyone is safe. Good job everyone”, the sheriff’s office said.

“MCSO Marine Rescue complete”.

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