Search continues for Tallahassee boater
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