FWC investigating deadly boating accident
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459
Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) are investigating a deadly boating
accident that occurred Sunday morning in the St. Lucie Inlet in
The victim, Richard Cozzi, 65, of Indiantown, died
en route to shore, despite a rescue attempt by the crew of a nearby
charter vessel. He had been thrown from a 20-foot fishing vessel
after it took on a wave and capsized in rough surf. The captain of
the vessel involved in the accident, James Mason, 50, of
Indiantown, also was thrown overboard, but survived.
The men were not wearing life jackets.