Rinda Mizelle, 50, was lying on the beach Tuesday afternoon near a lifeguard tower in the 800 block of Seabreeze Boulevard when she was run over by by the vehicle, according to a Fort Lauderdale Police report.
Mizelle, from North Carolina, had to be pulled out from under the vehicle and was taken to Broward General Hospital with lacerations to her arms and legs, the report said.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman Matt Little said the injuries were minor and that Mizelle was treated and released a short time later.
But her attorney, John Phillips, said Mizelle was "pinned under the SUV for some time, had to be dug out and suffered severe injuries and burns."
Little said the Ocean Rescue employee was placed on paid administrative leave while the accident is under investigation.