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Body discovered as rescuers search for overboard boater near Gandy Bridge

TAMPA — A body was recovered from the water early Thursday after three agencies began a search late Wednesday for a man who was ejected from his boat near the north side of the Gandy Bridge, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

It was unknown Thursday morning whether the body was that of the boater authorities were searching for near the bridge. The body was discovered about 2 a.m., FWC said.

The man was cruising when his 20-foot flatboat hit a channel marker and then veered into the seawall sometime after 7 p.m., said Officer Baryl Martin, an FWC spokesman.

A witness called 911 and alerted authorities to the accident. Tampa police sent its dive team for the search, which was also joined by rescuers from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Fish and Wildlife agency.

Body discovered as rescuers search for overboard boater near Gandy Bridge 07/04/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 5, 2012 5:46am]
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