1 dead, 1 missing in overdue fishing trip; Coast Guard, FWC searching

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — One person is dead and another person is missing in the search for two men overdue from a fishing trip aboard a 12-foot boat, which reportedly began Saturday morning near Shell Island, Florida.

Joseph Johns, 44, the owner of the vessel, was located deceased by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission crew in Waccasassa Bay, north of Yankeetown, Florida.

Coast Guard and FWC crews continue to search for Daniel Tingley, 37.

Johns’ spouse contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Yankeetown at approximately 12:45 p.m., Sunday and reported the two missing men were believed to be fishing approximately four miles south of Shell Island. She stated the men departed from a boat ramp on State Rd. 40 near Yankeetown at 7 a.m., Saturday after they did not returned as expected.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located the capsized boat at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday.

A MH-60 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, a 20-foot Special Purpose Craft — Shallow Water crew from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, and crews from FWC continue to search for Tingley.

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  1. April says:

    Is there any new news about the missing boater?