Elderly Couple Pulled Out of Water by Good Samaritans in Fort Lauderdale

The man and wife have life-threatening injuries, a city spokesman said

Thursday, Jul 4, 2013  |  Updated 7:48 PM EDT
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Fort Lauderdale Motel Evacuated By Fire, 1 Injured

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Fort Lauderdale Motel Evacuated By Fire, 1 Injured

A Fort Lauderdale motel was evacuated and one person was hospitalized after a fire broke out in one of the rooms early Friday, officials said. The fire broke out around 5 a.m. at the Travelodge at 1251 East Sunrise Boulevard when a guest who was smoking a cigarette fell asleep, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman Matt Little said.
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Two Good Samaritans pulled an elderly husband and wife who nearly drowned out of the water in Fort Lauderdale Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Two people in their mid-30s who were hanging out on the beach jumped in and saved the elderly couple in the area of 4200 Galt Ocean Drive, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

After the incident at about 1:30 p.m., both victims were taken to Holy Cross Hospital with life-threatening injuries, city spokesman Matt Little said. The woman was responsive but the man was not, he said.

There is no lifeguard on the beach, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said.

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