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Missing fisherman last seen on Lake Okeechobee

Posted at 10:28 PM, Jan 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-05 06:41:44-05

CLEWISTON, Fla. -- The search is on for a fisherman missing from a tournament in Lake Okeechobee.  One of the men on board was found late Thursday night, but there's still another man out there.

The two men launched their boat on the northern part of the lake, and they were believed to be headed down toward Clewiston.  Police say the missing fisherman, Nik Kayler, could be anywhere between Clewiston and Pahokee.

Kayler is from Apopka, Florida.  He and his co-angler, Bill Kisiah, were participating in the Costa Fishing League Worldwide Tournament. Kisiah was located around 11:30 Thursday night.  It is believed that their boat capsized.

Officials say the boat is a dark-colored Ranger z521 with a red Evinrude G2 engine.

A video posted on Facebook of a crashed boat matches the description of the vessel that was being sought by authorities. However, police have not confirmed that it is the missing boat.

The tournament had  just started Thursday, and Friday's event has been canceled to assist in the search.

FWC and the U.S. Coast Guard are assisting.