Missing boater found dead after vessel capsizes in St. Johns River

Search crews rescue 1 victim near Mullet Lake Park

Missing boater found dead in St. Johns River in Seminole County
Missing boater found dead in St. Johns River in Seminole County

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – One male was rescued and another was found dead after their boat capsized Monday night on the St. Johns River in Seminole County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The males were on a 13-foot boat near Mullet Lake Park around 7 p.m. when the vessel overturned for an unknown reason. Officials said both victims tried to swim toward the shore but one of them went under the water and never resurfaced.

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One of the boaters was rescued Monday evening and required medical attention.

The other victim was found dead during the overnight hours on the water bottom near the boat. Records show he was pronounced dead on scene.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the FWC conducted the search using dive teams and a helicopter.

Neither victim has been identified.

The investigation is ongoing.


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