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14-123 Deputies Search For Missing Boater On Lake Tarpon

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Marine Unit
-Flight Section

Florida Fish and Wildlife

The missing boater has been identified as a 70-year-old male. At this time his name is not being release until next of kin can be notified of the search.

What:
Deputies are currently searching for a boater who went missing Saturday afternoon on Lake Tarpon after he jumped in the water to save his dog.

Where:
The boater went missing on Lake Tarpon near John Chestnut Park located at 2200 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor.

When:
The missing boater and three others were boating on Lake Tarpon the afternoon of Saturday, May 24, 2014. Deputies responded to the scene and began searching at approximately 4:00 p.m.

How/Why:
Deputies have been searching for a missing boater since around 4:00 p.m. today in Lake Tarpon. The missing boater was with three other people on a pontoon boat when their dog jumped into the water. The missing boater jumped into the water to save the dog and then disappeared under the water. The dog was returned safely to the boat.

The missing boater has been identified as a 70-year-old male. At this time his name is not being release until next of kin can be notified of the search.

This incident does appear to be accidental at this time.

The majority of the search has since been called off due to low visibility as the sun has gone down. The search will continue once the sun is up on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Various forms of sonar equipment, helicopters, and boats are being utilized to locate the missing boater.

Boaters and visitors in the area are asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office should they see anything suspicious.

The investigation continues.

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