Search for missing Vero Beach boater continues off Brevard County coast
WE'RE CHECKING TO SEE IF THE COAST GUARD WILL OUT AGAIN TODAY TO SEARCH FOR A MISSING BOATER IN BREVARD COUNTY. CREWS ARE LOOKING FOR 68-YEAR-OLD "DALE HOSSFIELD". THE COAST GUARD SAYS... HIS BOAT WASHED ASHORE ON MELBOURNE BEACH WEDNESDAY NIGHT... NO ONE WAS ON BOARD. WE'RE TOLD HOSSFIELD IS FROM VERO BEACH... WHICH IS ABOUT 40 MILES AWAY. F-W-C SAYS.. HE DID NOT SEND OUT A DISTRESS CALL.
Coast Guard searching for missing man after boat washes ashore in Brevard County
Coast Guard officials said they were searching for 68-year-old Dale Hossfield of Vero Beach.
(WFTV)BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing Vero Beach man after his fishing boat washed ashore near Melbourne Beach on Wednesday night.
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Tree trimmer dies, son hurt after being electrocuted in Melbourne Beach, deputies say
Tree trimmer dies, son hurt after being electrocuted in Melbourne Beach, deputies sayMELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. — Brevard County deputies said a man died after being electrocuted and his teenage son was injured while tree trimming on Friday. Deputies said the man was working for a tree trimming service when he was electrocuted at around 11:40 a.m. on Harland Avenue in Melbourne Beach. WATCH: Body of missing woman Miya Marcano found, sheriff saysThe man accidentally made contact with an electric line while trimming trees behind a residence, officials said. Deputies said the worker’s teenage son was also injured while trying help to his injured father, who was in the bucket of a lift when the accident occurred. READ: Sheriff: Man attacks coworkers with baseball bat, knife leaving 2 dead, 1 critical in Polk CountyThe man was electrocuted was pronounced deceased on the scene and his son was taken to a hospital in stable condition.wftv.com
DeSantis announces more than $114M to improve water quality in Florida
Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that more than $114 million will be distributed in wastewater treatment grants to help improve water quality across the state. Officials said nearly 50% of the funding will be dedicated to the Indian River Lagoon Watershed. Out of the total $114 million awarded, more than $53 million of the wastewater grants are being granted to the Indian River Lagoon. READ: DeSantis, new Florida surgeon general announce new school COVID-19 quarantine policy“Since I first took office, expediting water quality restoration has been one of my top priorities,” DeSantis said. READ: Governor Ron DeSantis approves acquisition of 20,000 acres for conservationCurrently, the water quality of the IRL is impaired for total nitrogen and total phosphorus.wftv.com
Happening at 12:15 p.m.: Gov. DeSantis hosting news conference in Melbourne Beach
DeSantis rips into Biden's strategy to mandate vaccines for millions of workersMELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis is scheduled to host a news conference in Melbourne Beach on Friday. The event is set to begin at 12:15 p.m. at Sebastian Inlet State Park. DeSantis will be joined by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Shawn Hamilton. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Melbourne police make arrest in hit-and-run from September
Melbourne police said officers arrested 67-year-old Gary Lane at his home in Melbourne Beach. MELBOURNE, Fla. – An arrest has been made in a hit-and-run in Melbourne from this past September, according to the police. Melbourne police said officers arrested 67-year-old Gary Lane at his home in Melbourne Beach. Lane is facing several charges: Leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury, reckless driving with serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and reckless driving involving property damage. Lane is accused of leaving the scene, according to police.
Beachcomber finds 6-foot-long shark washed up on Melbourne Beach
It was not the sort of thing the onetime surfer expected to see on her daily morning walk along Melbourne Beach. There, not far from the shoreline, Betty Gardner Gonzalez spotted the dead shark in the sand just before sunrise Monday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. “I walk every morning on the beach and just came across it. The shark, possibly a sand tiger shark or one of the ragged-tooth variety, was about 6 feet long. Gonzalez had planned to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about the discovery.
Shark attacks surfer off Melbourne Beach
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. – A man was attacked by a “toothy sea creature” while surfing Tuesday morning off Melbourne Beach, according to officials. The attack happened around 8:15 a.m. near the 7400 block of State Road A1A in the Sunnyland Beach community. The 25-year-old victim was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center with an arm injury, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue. Officials said the man suffered “significant bleeding.”“It was severe enough that they thought he needed specialized attention at a trauma center,” Fire Chief Mark Schollmeyer said. Firefighters said the surfer was fortunate to be right across the street from the last fire station in the county before Sebastian Inlet.
Experimental plane crashes on Melbourne Beach, injuring 1
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. – An experimental aircraft crashed Friday morning on Melbourne Beach, officials said. The Sheriff’s Office said the pilot took off from the airport in Valkaria and the engine died before he tried landing on the beach. Emergency responders reported the plane had about 20 gallons of fuel but none of it leaked onto the beach after crashing. Melbourne Beach resident Rick O’Connor took pictures of the upside down plane. “It’s pretty amazing, sent it up to my grandchildren, show them what I found on the beach today,” O’Connor said.
Planning your holiday weekend? Here are the beaches and firework displays you can enjoy this July Fourth
Flagler County beaches - Flagler Beach, the Palm Coast and Beverly Beach will all be open for the Independence Day weekend. For more details, click here. For more details, click here. Seaworld Orlando Summer Fireworks (July 3 through 5) - Seaworld Orlando plans to pack your holiday weekend full of fireworks. For more info on the festive fireworks, click here.
Video: 3 giant sawfish spotted in Indian River in Melbourne Beach
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. – With fewer people out enjoying Florida’s water, some sea creatures you don’t see too often have been spotted in local waterways. Three giant smalltooth sawfish were captured on video next to a dock in the shallow water in the Indian River in Melbourne Beach. Alavarez said, “Got to witness something amazing this morning in Melbourne Beach in the Indian River. The FWC says sawfish sightings are now less common because they were unintentionally over fished. Alavrez reported the sighting to the FWC so the agency can better understand which areas the sawfish are in.
Hurricane Humberto's waves wash mystery Jesus plaque ashore near Melbourne Beach
Bobbing amid then-Tropical Storm Humberto's swells, a wooden wall plaque bearing Jesus Christ's image reached the beach just as former professional surfer Bryan Hewitson and his daughter, Olivia, approached carrying bags of litter. It had just washed up," Bryan recalled from their beach cleanup walk shortly after sunrise Saturday. The wooden wall plaque features a portrait of Jesus, the inscription Corazn de Jess (Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Catholic devotion) and two roses. Then-Tropical Storm Humberto was churning about 30 miles east-northeast of Great Abaco Island during their Saturday beach walk, the National Hurricane Center reported. Bryan Hewitson asks anyone with information on the Jesus wooden wall plaque to call him at 321-525-2755.
Brevard Zoo to release rehabilitated sea turtle
MELBOURNE, Fla. - After a stay at the Brevard Zoos Sea Turtle Healing Center, a juvenile green sea turtle named Kona will be returned to the ocean at Bonsteel Park in Melbourne Beach on Tuesday. Kona will make his way back to the big old blue at 4 p.m. through a partnership with the Barrier Island Center. Kona arrived at the healing center April 7. Kona also had trouble staying underwater and was treated with medication, fluids and nutritious food by zoo staff and volunteers. Accessibility mats will be in place for wheelchair, walker and stroller users.
Brevard Zoo to release rehabilitated sea turtle
MELBOURNE, Fla. – After a stay at the Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center, a juvenile green sea turtle named Kona will be returned to the ocean at Bonsteel Park in Melbourne Beach on Tuesday. Kona will make his way back to the big old blue at 4 p.m. through a partnership with the Barrier Island Center. Kona arrived at the healing center April 7. Kona also had trouble staying underwater and was treated with medication, fluids and nutritious food by zoo staff and volunteers. You can read more about Kona's journey by clicking or tapping here.