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Search continues for Tallahassee boater

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676

A search is under way for a Tallahassee man who failed to return from a fishing trip Monday in Apalachee Bay.

David Richard Clark, 61, launched his 18-foot Carolina skiff Monday morning at Lighthouse Boat Ramp in Newport. He was due back around 1 p.m. A friend reported him missing about 6:30 p.m.

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and U.S. Coast Guard responded and began a search of the area. They located Clark's drifting, unoccupied vessel about 11:30 p.m. Monday. 

"Based on the GPS onboard his vessel, we know the vessel made several sharp turns and the location of those turns, and then the vessel began drifting," said FWC Maj. Dave Pridgen. "The search is centered in an area three to four miles south of where the Aucilla River enters the bay."

Pridgen said the search continues and has been aided by several volunteers.

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