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Man accused of impaired boating after hours-long search on Gandy Beach

Rescue crews arrived at the beach to begin looking for the missing boater Saturday evening.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After an hours-long search Sunday evening on Gandy Beach for a missing boater, officials say they found the man they were looking for.

When onshore, the man was arrested for boating while impaired, a spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told 10 Tampa Bay.

At around 8:28 p.m., rescue crews arrived at Gandy Beach in St. Petersburg to begin looking for the missing boater. After several hours into the search, crews were able to locate the missing man onshore and arrested him, the FWC said. 

The investigation of the incident remains ongoing. 

The FWC says the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the search.

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