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Missing boater found alive in swampy area

Deputies: Man's boat found floating by FWC biologist Saturday afternoon

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LADY LAKE, Fla. – A boater reported missing Saturday afternoon has been found in a swampy area, authorities said.

The 83-year-old man left the Lake Griffin Marina at 5620 Bertsville Road in Lady Lake at 1 p.m. Saturday to go fishing, deputies said.

The man's boat was found at 2:45 p.m. floating with no one on board by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.. The boat was towed into the marina.

LCSO's marine unit and aviation unit, FWC and several boats searched for the man Saturday afternoon. He was found alive in a swampy area called Bird Island.

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