Coast Guard searches for missing boater off Dry Tortugas

FWC: 1 of 2 boaters pulled to safety by good Samaritan


DRY TORTUGAS, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing person in the waters off the Dry Tortugas following a boat collision.

Authorities said they received an alert about a fishing vessel collision around 2 a.m. Friday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials arrived at the scene to find one boat partially submerged and one fishing vessel damaged. Two people were reported to be in the water.

Authorities said one person, who was not wearing a life jacket, was pulled to safety by a good Samaritan. It is unclear whether the missing boater was wearing any type of personal flotation device.

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