Toddler Survives Being Trapped Under Boat Thanks to a Life Vest You'll Never Call Unnecessary Again

Baby with life vest who fell from boat saved from water

The Bossards were riding home from dinner in their boat on Friday night with their two little girls when the unthinkable happened. The boat capsized and, miraculously, their 23-month-old toddler, Kennedy, survived being trapped under the boat for nearly an hour. She's never allowed to scare her mom like that again.


Every time you get in a boat you hear that reminder to put that life vest on. But most of the time it just seems ridiculous. Next time you're not sure if it's worth the extra hassle, think of Tammy and Brian Bossard. They live in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and their boat crashed, with their two daughters under 2 years old on board, late last Friday night.

Apparently, the Bossards' family boat hit some power lines and capsized. They were able to grab their 7-month old baby girl, Charlotte, but Kennedy was missing. They could only hear her screaming somewhere out in the darkness of Florida's Indian River.

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Here's a look at the power lines on the river that caused the crash.

What Kennedy's parents didn't know is that she was safely bobbing inside an air pocket underneath the boat thanks to her life vest.

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"I'm in the river," Tammy can be heard telling the 911 operator. "My boat crashed and I have a baby still in the water. Please God send someone now ... please hurry."

It's hard to even imagine the sheer terror of having to say the words, "I have a baby still in the water."

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Help arrived and reportedly searched for nearly an hour. They were ready to give up when they heard her. 

"...We heard a very light cry," Cocoa policeman Alan Worthy told ABC News.

Ugh! Anyone else need to grab their chest for a minute? The baby was fine. She spent two days in the hospital and now is home with her family.

Tammy calls it a "complete miracle."

Agreed. Kennedy is never allowed to scare her mom like that again. My nerves are shot just hearing about the accident. Glad everyone is safe.

And remember those life vests!


Image via Cocoa Police Department / Facebook

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