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Green Cove Springs man dies in boating accident

News Release

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

A Green Cove Springs resident died Tuesday in a boating accident, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers.

James Edward Pullen (DOB 03/15/36) was reported missing when his boat was found aground at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The vessel was on a sand bar near the Crystal River Fort Island Trail boat ramp with no one on board. A cell phone and keys were found on the vessel. The boat’s trolling motor was down.

A coordinated search with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard and the FWC was conducted. Pullen was found around 7:30 p.m. by responding units with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Pullen had been fishing and fell out of his boat. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, FWC investigators said.

The investigation by FWC continues.

FWC Facts:
Except in an emergency, it is against the law to anchor or operate a vessel in a manner that unreasonably interferes with the navigation of other vessels.

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