BREAKING: Man Feared Dead After Falling From Boat – Search Underway
HERNANDO BEACH – Authorities are searching the Hernando Beach Channel for a man who fell from a boat and disappeared. An official report has not been released, but according to our sources, around 2:00 p.m. a man fell off a boat while it was in motion and was struck by a second vessel following close behind. The victim, whose identity has not been released, disappeared below the surface and has not been seen since.
The family aboard the second vessel was brought back to the Water Management Facility, while the boat they rented remains anchored near the scene of the accident.
The Sheriff’s Office Marine and Air units have searched the area with no results. A Coast Guard Helicopter is en route at this time to continue with the search efforts.
UPDATE: 5/25/2015, 5:25 PM – Officials have identified the missing boater as 31-year-old Alfredo Valentin of Thonotosassa.
We will bring more on this story as it develops.
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