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Retired Paramedic Rescues Injured Florida Boater

Roy Savigliano Jr. has been retired as a paramedic for nearly three years, but it didn’t take long for his instincts to kick in Sunday after a boating accident in Boca Raton.

Savigliano, 51, jumped into action after a boat piloted by Georgio Vogiatzis, 48, of Delray Beach, crashed bow-first into the Boca Quay sea wall on the Intracoastal Waterway around 4 p.m. Boca Raton police say Vogiatzis lost control of his boat after hitting a wave.

Good Samaritans who arrived secured the boat.

“I ran out there to make sure the guy was breathing, that there was a pulse and that there was no obvious major bleeding,” said Savigliano, who spent 29 years with Lauderhill Fire Rescue in Broward County.

Savigliano said he focused on keeping Vogiatzis still until Boca Raton Fire Rescue arrived. Vogiatzis was transported to Delray Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was listed in fair condition Monday.

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