Missing boater found on Lake Okeechobee
LAKE OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - A search that spanned more than 30 hours for a missing boater on Lake Okeechobee ended in success on Wednesday.
On Tuesday a report came into the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office about a missing 82-year-old boater.
Law enforcement with the support FWC began an immediate search and rescue mission that included a helicopter and several boats.
On Wednesday, FWC Officers coordinated with the Glades County Sherriff’s Office as well as group of search-and-rescue volunteers that wanted to help with the search effort.
More than 30 hours after the man had been reported missing, the Glades County Sherriff’s Office reported that they had spotted the missing man and his vessel. He was found nearly two miles back in a heavily vegetated marshland.
The FWC transported the man back to shore where EMS was waiting. Although weak from his long ordeal, the man was able to return home with his wife.