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Crews searching Caloosahatchee River for a missing boater

Posted at 6:22 PM, Mar 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-20 10:11:57-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The city of Fort Myers tells us crews are searching the Caloosahatchee River near downtown Fort Myers for a missing boater.

This stems from a distress call that came in around 4:30 p.m. Sunday after witnesses say they saw two people floating in the river.

The Fort Myers Police department says Pedro Pablo Ramirez launched a 16-foot aluminum john boat from the Davis Boat Ramp in Fort Myers Shores, earlier Sunday.

Pedro Pablo Ramirez

The boat was overtaken by waves east of the Edison Bridge at approximately 4:45 p.m. Investigators say Ramirez was on the boat with his Stepfather, who was pulled from the water by another boater but Ramirez was not seen and has not been located at this time.

The first man was taken to the hospital to be treated for cold exposure.

Officials are continuing to look for Ramirez.