Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

Search postponed for missing Egmont Key boater

Only hours after crews resumed the search for a missing boater off Egmont Key Monday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was forced to postpone the effort because of high winds.

Enrique Rodriguez, 63, disappeared Sunday afternoon when a wave toppled a 21-foot boat he was riding in about eight miles west of Egmont Key.

Three other men from the boat Rodriguez had boarded were rescued from a buoy in the Tampa Bay channel, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Baryl Martin said.

They had previously called off the search for Rodriguez on Sunday afternoon because of inclement weather, but resumed the search about 7 a.m. Monday. They called off the search again by 9 a.m., Martin said, when winds reached speeds of more than 20 mph.

Martin said Rodriguez was wearing a life jacket when he went in the water, but there was only one on the boat. That single jacket was recovered when his three companions were pulled out, Martin said.

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