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FWC searches for missing fisherman

News Release

Friday, July 16, 2010

Media contact: Lt. Scott Runkle, 850-233-5175

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers are searching for a missing fisherman in Apalachicola Bay off Franklin County.

George G. Sanders (DOB 12/11/68) of Eastpoint fell off a commercial oyster boat at the East Hole Thursday around 4 p.m. (EDT) and did not resurface.

Several nearby commercial fishermen jumped in the water and attempted to rescue Sanders immediately after he fell overboard, but they were unable to locate him.

FWC officers, assisted by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Wewahitchka Search and Rescue volunteers, are participating in the search. 

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