Child on board: Florida girl provides start on pontoon boat on 4th of July


PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – “Child on board” has a model new that means for one Florida household after a lady gave start whereas celebrating the Fourth of July on the water.

John and Amber Easterday, together with their two kids, took a pontoon boat out on Previous Tampa Bay on Saturday.

“We had a ship reservation that day and we had been going to exit like we usually do. We had one other household with us, Jessica and Travis Gregg. They actually helped out by way of all of this,” mentioned Amber Easterday. “So we went out and about 30 minutes into our boat trip, the contractions undoubtedly began.” 


Amber instantly referred to as her physician. 

“He had instructed me, ‘wait a little bit bit,’ and inside 40 minutes from that point I talked to him, the newborn was out,” she mentioned. “We couldn’t make it again to the dock to ship. My husband had referred to as 911.” 

John says he started delivering his son whereas the boat headed for the shores of Courtney Campbell Seaside. 


“I mentioned, ‘Travis, it’s essential go to the seaside.’ I identified and mentioned ‘Do you see the seaside there? Yeah okay, go now! Quick!’” John recalled.

John was capable of get to the Courtney Campbell seaside round 5:30 p.m. the place Hearth Medic Kenny Sweitzer and Hearth Medic Tyler Whitfield had been ready. Simply 4 minutes later, the household welcomed child Aiden – 10 days early.

 John even received to chop the umbilical wire. 


“Most likely about three to 4 minutes from after they boarded the boat to when the newborn was out, and I used to be reducing the umbilical wire,” mentioned John. 

Amber and Aiden had been taken to Mease Countryside Hospital and are doing effectively. Amber tells WFLA she plans to be discharged Monday night.