Family of Toddler Trapped Under Capsized Boat Calls Her Survival 'A Miracle'

“We thought we were going to lose her,” Tammy Bossard said.

ByABC News
August 22, 2016, 8:25 AM

— -- Tammy and Brian Bossard are grateful to have their toddler daughter Kennedy home today after the 23-month-old was trapped in an air pocket under the family’s boat for more than an hour when the vessel hit power lines and flipped over on Florida’s Indian River.

“We thought we were going to lose her,” an emotional Tammy Bossard said in an interview with ABC News.

The Bossards, of Cocoa Beach, Florida, said it’s "a miracle" that their daughter survived the crash that happened late Friday night as the family was coming home from dinner. The Bossards were able to escape with their 7-month-old daughter, Charlotte, but couldn’t find Kennedy. They could only hear her crying in the darkness.

In her 911 call, Tammy could be heard frantically describing the situation.

“I'm in the river. My boat crashed and I have a baby still in the water. Please God send someone now ... please hurry,” she said.

Brian Bossard said he and his wife couldn’t pinpoint Kennedy’s exact location.

“We couldn't tell if she was in the boat or trapped under the boat or if she was out in the river, because we heard cries, but it sounded like it was just coming from everywhere,” he said.

First responders rushed to the scene and began to search, but after nearly 45 minutes they began to lose hope.

“We were just getting ready to leave and that's when we heard a very light cry,” Cpl. Alan Worthy of the Cocoa Police Department said. “I put my ear up to the side of the boat and I was listening and I could hear that she was right there.”

Kennedy was floating in her life vest in the air pocket. Police say the toddler's life vest saved her life.

"It’s a complete miracle that everything worked like it did, because we shouldn't all be here today," Tammy said.

Kennedy spent two nights at a local hospital and is now home. The Bossards said they were told there's a slight chance Kennedy could develop asthma because her lungs were stressed, but other than that she is expected to be fine.