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Missing Jacksonville Boater Located Saturday night
VIDEO: Both men were ejected from their boat after hitting a buoy

Posted Dec. 8, 2013

 
Missing Jacksonville Boater Located Saturday night
The US Coast Guard and FWC are searching for a man thrown from his boat after hitting a buoy.


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The missing boater from Saturday's boating accident was located Saturday night, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. John L. Engleman, (DOB 1/18/52), the operator of the boat involved in the accident, was recovered by Jacksonville Sheriff Office divers at about 11:30 p.m. Gilbert Salinas Jr. (DOB 10/1/62) was the passenger and had been rescued by another boater Saturday. Both men are from Jacksonville. According to FWC investigators, the two men were underway on the St. Johns River when it struck can buoy 63 at the entrance to the Trout River. Both men were ejected into the water. The accident occurred about 10 a.m. Saturday. The search for Engleman began and Jacksonville Fire Rescue, JSO and US Coast Guard personnel participated in the search. The boat was a 2013 19-foot Sundance center console. The victim was turned over the Duval Medical Examiner who will determine cause of death. Original article follows:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard, along with members from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, are searching Saturday for a man in the water at the junction of the Trout River and the St. Johns River.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue notified watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center of the situation at approximately 10:30 a.m. The report stated a 67 year-old man was ejected from his 19-foot personal craft after hitting Trout River Cut Lighted Buoy 63.

According to a report by First Coast News, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sargent Melissa Bujeda said two men on board were ejected into the water when the boat struck a buoy near buoy 63. One man never resurfaced.

The second man was rescued by a boater passing by and taken to a nearby marina. He was later transported to a local hospital with serious, non life-threatening injuries.

Neither man has been identified, and as of noon Sunday, no further updates have been reported.

The Coast Guard launched a crew from Station Mayport aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, a crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Savannah and a Coast Guard Auxiliary crew aboard an airplane to assist in the search. Personnel from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, JSO, and FWCC are also assisting with small boat crews.

The Station Mayport crew arrived on scene at 10:50 a.m., and the Auxiliary crew arrived at the scene at 11:35 a.m. The Dolphin crew arrived on scene at 12 p.m. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue crew received the initial call and responded immediately.

 
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