Search continues for three Pensacola boaters

Northwest Florida


UPDATE: 5:50 a.m. Friday–The search continued throughout Thursday night and Friday morning for the three missing boaters. The Coast Guard says a boat stayed on the water all night looking for signs of the three. The Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and Escambia County Search and Rescue crews are continuing to search this morning again out on the water still right now.

The search continues for three boaters missing from the Pensacola area after heading into the Gulf Wednesday on a fishing trip.

80-year-old David Washington and his two sons left from the Navy Point Boat Ramp.  Early Thursday afternoon the boat came back but the men are still missing.

Found capsized south of Pensacola Pass, the 17-foot Cape Horn is believed to be the boat Washington and his two sons were in Wednesday when they headed out for a fishing trip from Bayou Grande.

“It’s really heartbreaking knowing now that the people they were looking for were out there yesterday. Knowing the conditions I mean, I pray that they had their life vests on.”  Charter boat captain Keith Morrison was fishing yesterday and says the conditions were rough.  “I would have absolutely not been out there in a 17-foot boat.”

Florida Fish and Wildlife investigators looked over the boat in the water, put it on a trailer and took it away.

Just back from another fishing trip, Morrison says an active search continues in the Gulf.  “They were all over and very active on the radio that something was going on and to keep your eyes open.”

Late in the day Thursday the Coast Guard says nothing new has been found and their search continues.

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