Missing boater now recovery effort

The search is on for a missing boater but has been stopped temporarily.

Weather is a challenge for Florida Fish and Wildlife search and rescue crews.

The missing boater is 63-year-old Enrique Rodriguez.

He is from Avon Park.

On Saturday afternoon he and his three friends went fishing near Egmont Key. At 2:00am their boat capsized. Only Rodriquez's friends survived. Rodriguez could not swim.

The survivors held onto their cooler as a flotation device and shared one life jacket between the three of them until they reached a navigational buoy.

A good Samaritan spotted the three survivors and took them back to Fort De Soto Park, where they originally launched.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers said if there had been a life jacket for each man on board, like is required then there would have been a better chance of all four surviving.

"The expense of any type of safety equipment it's not worth your life," said FWC officer, Baryl Martin.

There are five items boaters and jet skiers are required to have on the water and this is how much each one costs: (they are the least expensive versions of each item that 10 News found in Tierra Verde)

1. Life jacket $19.69

2. Fire extinguisher $19.99

3. Flares (4 pack) $27.86

4. Noise-making device $1.99

5. A throw-able flotation device $14.99

The total – for those items – being the least expensive versions: $84.52 without tax.


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