Three fishermen in an 18-foot boat found themselves in a life-and-death predicament four miles off Key Biscayne, Florida, on Saturday when their boat took on water and sank in rough seas.
The three men clung to a cooler as a plastic jar with their cellphones floated away along with everything else in the boat, according to Local 10 News.
Miraculously, the plastic jar floated back to them. Local 10 News has the report:
"They had an iPhone 7, which I’m learning today is waterproof," Miami-Dade Police Sgt. James Barrett told WFTX in another twist to the story. "However, he couldn’t touch the screen with his fingers because they were cold, but he used Siri to call 911.”
A Coast Guard helicopter located them and a diver dropped into the water to aid them until the police boat arrive. They were not wearing lifejackets.
The victims were identified as Diego Perez, 62; Jorge Luis Colon Jr., 33; and Jorge Luis Colon, 54. A police marine unit took them back to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park's No Name Harbor. None needed medical attention.
And the boat?
“The boat sank to the bottom … it’s pretty windy outside," Barrett told Local 10 News. "The water was so murky that we couldn’t see the boat.”