A 23-year-old college student from Orlando had to be rescued from the Indian River in Titusville on Wednesday after waves capsized his small sailboat and separated him from it.
Brevard County Fire Rescue and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded by boat to a 911 call of a boater overboard in the middle of the river near the Kennedy Point Marina.
The man, who said he's an experienced sailor, said he went out in the small Sunfish even though he knew a storm was coming because as a sailor, he likes windy conditions.
The man, only identified as Austin, was wearing a personal floatation device when he was plucked from the water and brought back to shore by FWC officers.
"I was out there because I like it windy. I've been in windy conditions before. The gusty wind is unpredictable. I probably should have waited for the storm to die down and thunder and lightning to pass," the man said.
The man was uninjured. Officers also retrieved the sailboat.