Florida Boating Accident
Almost two weeks ago, Kayler and his friend, Kisiah, entered a fishing tournament in the town of South Bay. The tournament, which traditionally takes place at Lake Okeechobee and is hosted by the Fishing League Worldwide, attracts scores of people hoping to catch prize-winning angler fish. Kayler and Kisiah set out into the lake using Kisiah’s boat. At the end of the day, after all the other individuals who had competed in the competition were accounted for at the weigh-in spot located at C. Scott Driver Recreational Area, it became apparent that neither Kayler nor Kisiah had returned. A search was launched which included scores of officers with the Clewiston Police Department as well as volunteers using boats to comb the area for the two men.
On Tuesday, a couple who were boating close to New Smyrna Beach during the evening hours, hit a sandbar. The U.S. Coast Guard were alerted to the situation around 6:00 in the evening and immediately dispatched a 29-foot boat that is used exclusively for nautical rescues. According to the official report of the incident, the Coast Guard were assisted by a team from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation agency as well as the Edgewater Police Department.
A man from Martin County was struck and killed recently during a boating event in Lake County. Fifty-three-year-old Mark Van Winkle and a woman, Lorraine Moody, were ejected from their boat while participating in the Classic Race Boat Regatta on Lake Dora in Tavares, according to Joy Hill, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It has been reported that the event is not a competition but a showcase for vintage boats since none of the vessels can legally race. It was the sixth annual event, which attracts 8,000 to 10,000 people including spectators, vendors and participants who are all eager to kick off the boating season.