UPDATE: Body of missing boater found, recovered

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DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) —

UPDATE (4/17 1:10pm): Authorities have found the body of missing boater Thomas Robinett. His body has been transferred to the Medical Examiner’s Office, that’s according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The investigation into the boating accident is ongoing.

UPDATE  — The Coast Guard is ending its search for a boater who disappeared in the water near Destin, Florida. 

Search officials have also identified the missing boater as Thomas Robinett. 

Officials have also released the identity of the passenger who was rescued Sunday. Mathew Martinellos has since been released from the hospital. 

Officials say both men were traveling east in the bay when an explained turned ejected them both from the boat. 

The cause is still under investigation. The boat has been taken into evidence for processing. 

Some residents who boat in the area say you always have to be cautious.

“A few years ago, we had a boat out underneath the Mid Bay Bridge and fog came in from everywhere and our engine seized and we had to call someone to come rescue us. We beat the horns cause they could not see us. The fog just came in from nowhere,” says boater Pam Tedesco.

The Coast Guard issued the following press release on calling off the search:

The Coast Guard ended its search for the person in the water near Destin, Florida, Tuesday.  

The Coast Guard used eight assets in conjunction with local agencies to search approximately 569 square miles over 41 hours.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a request for assistance at 12:41 p.m. Sunday from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s in the search for a man who entered the water after he and another man were ejected from a 20-foot center console vessel after a reported malfunction. The vessel reportedly continued running in circles and struck the missing individual.

Involved in the response were:

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
Coast Guard Station Destin 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew
Coast Guard Station Destin 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew
Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
Florida Wildlife and Fisheries
Eglin Air Force Base Special Ops Dive Team
The cause of the incident is under investigation.

For questions regarding the missing individual please contact Army Major Beth Riordan, 1st Special Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at (910) 853-4366.


ORIGINAL STORY: The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a person in the water near Destin, Florida, Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a request for assistance at 12:41 p.m. from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s in the search for a man who entered the water after he and another man were ejected from a 20-foot center console vessel after a reported malfunction. The vessel reportedly continued running in circles and struck the missing individual.

The missing individual is a 40-year-old male with red hair who was last seen wearing a red shirt and grey shorts.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s response crews rescued the other man in stable condition.

Involved in the search are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews
  • Coast Guard Station Destin 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew
  • Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office vessels, helo and dive teams
  • Florida Wildlife & Fisheries crews

Anyone with more information is requested to call Sector Mobile at (251) 441-6211.

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