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Body found, believed to be missing boater

News Release

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators are continuing to explore the circumstances leading to the death of a man whose body was found floating in East Bay over Memorial Day weekend. A boater spotted the body and notified investigators, who believe it may be missing boater James Cook.

Cook was seen jumping off a speeding boat, the "Hook and Cook," not far from Redfish Point in St. Andrews Bay May 24.

Witnesses told investigating officers the man who had jumped off his boat did not resurface. An extensive search-and-rescue operation began immediately.

Saturday afternoon, FWC officers received a call from a boater who discovered the body washed up on Military Point, across from the paper mill on the Tyndall Air Force Base side of the bay.

The body was taken to the Bay County Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification.

FWC Facts:
Anyone operating a vessel and willfully disregarding the safety of people or property will be cited for reckless operation (a 1st-degree misdemeanor).

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