After a boat capsized, three boaters have been recovered but one is still missing.


Tampa, Florida -- UPDATE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is back out on the water on Monday, searching for a missing boater near Egmont Key.

Rescue crews went out at 7 a.m. from Demens Landing in Saint Petersburg, searching for Enrique Rodriguez.

Four people were on board the boat when it capsized early Sunday morning, Possibly from bad weather.

Three of the boaters were rescued, but Rodriguez, 63, is still missing.

FWC tells 10 News that they are also sending crews out from Treasure Island.

Original Story:

The Coast Guard has temporarily called off the search for a missing boater near Egmont Key because of bad weather.

Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 1, a boat that launched from Fort De Soto Park capsized near Egmont Key with four people aboard. Three of the boaters have been recovered but one man, 63-year-old Enrique Rodriguez, is still missing.

Family and friends of the boaters arrived to support each other. They told 10 News they are originally from the Dominican Republic. Rodriguez's niece said her uncle is a father with nine children. His wife lives in the Dominican Republic and he lives in Avon Park in Highlands County.

FWC said they recovered one life vest that one of the three survivors used.

"They shared the life vest among the three of them, and also hung onto one of their coolers that they used as a flotation device," said Lt. Grant Burton. "They floated out from Egmont Key about 10 miles west where they found a large navigational marker and hung onto that for a couple hours until around 6:00 this morning. That's when a good Samaritan saw them and took them back to where they launched."

Florida Fish and Wildlife said it will resume the search for Rodriguez at first light on Monday.

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