Okaloosa Deputies rescue teens stranded on Yellow River


On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, two Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies rescued two 18-year-olds and a 12-year-old stranded on the Yellow River.

  • They told deputies they went tubing and then it just got too dark to see. The trio added that they believed they were surrounded by alligators. 

The OCSO’s small boat was launched, operated by Deputy Elliott Howard and K-9 Handler Brooks.

According to the OCSO, the boat made it a mile-and-a-half up the river before the river was impassible. Both deputies got out of the boat, walked the shores, and swam up river to find the three individuals. 

The trio was located and escorted safely to the boat launch.

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