Body found in search for Lake Jesup missing boater

FWC investigates after boat capsizes in Lake Jesup


SANFORD, Fla. – Authorities have found a body in the search for the second missing boater in Lake Jesup on Thursday.

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Deputies said two fishermen heard cries for help and rescued the first boater, who was sitting on top of the capsized boat in Lake Jesup screaming for his brother.

"It wasn't a good sight to see ill just say that," said fisherman Lonnie May, adding that he had never seen someone so distraught. "Wouldn't nobody want to see it."

May and 87-year-old Robert Finn helped the boater into their boat and brought him to shore. He has been released from the hospital after suffering a cut on his leg from the boat's fiberglass.

Hours later, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said divers found a body in Lake Jesup. FWC said they believe the body found is the missing boater, but have not made an official identification.

FWC said the boat that capsized belonged to Edward Brown, but the boaters' identities have not been released.

Local 6 news helicopter Sky 6 flew over the search scene, as Seminole County Fire Rescue's divers searched the water underneath State Road 417. A boat appeared to have crashed into the concrete piling under the SR-417 bridge, overturned and capsized.

Deputies on the bridge were directing traffic down to one lane on SR-417 as the investigation continued.

Check back for more on this developing story.