10/31 9:30 a.m. UPDATE from Walton County Sheriff's Office



Wendy Ammons with WCSO said the Sheriff's Office has its Mobile Incident Management and Communications Unit on-scene, as well as two boats searching for the still-missing man. FWC as well has a boat out searching. The Walton County Sheriff's Office will send up a helicopter around 10 a.m., according to a lieutenant on-scene. 



Again, as more information becomes available, we will let you know. 



10/30 8:30 a.m. UPDATE from Walton County Sheriff's Office 



Just a brief update—



Our guys are back out today assisting in the search for the missing boater.  FWC is also out with them.  They started the search this morning a few minutes after 7 a.m.



The exact time is not known, but at some point their 14-foot aluminum boat began to take on water and then roll, according to Stan Kirkland, spokesman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.



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While in the water, the two men could only locate one life jacket. Kirkland said Carpenter was given the life jacket, which enabled him to swim closer to shore.



Carpenter was spotted around 7 a.m. yelling for help near the pilings by a motorist going over the Clyde B. Wells Bridge. He was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and later released.



Rescuers searched for Gregory until shortly before 6 p.m. They will continue the search Tuesday morning, Kirkland said.



The boat was found partially submerged on the northeast side of the bridge and had drifted some distance from where it actually rolled over.



Kirkland said investigators found nothing significant in the boat to indicate what may have happened to Gregory.



In addition to the FWC, the Freeport Fire Department and Walton County Sheriff’s Office had boats in the water looking for Gregory. The Sheriff’s Office also used their helicopter to try to locate him.



Later in the afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office dive team began to search under the surface of the water. On the bottom of the bay they located a bag of some kind of tools that had been on the boat, but had not found any signs of Gregory by sundown, Kirkland said.



By 5:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office reported that the search effort had turned from rescue to recovery.
 



Daily News Staff Writer Lauren Sage Reinlie contributed to this report.
 



6:30 P.M. UPDATE: At this time, the search effort has turned from rescue to recovery mode.



Deputies from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, along with first responders from Freeport Fire Department and Walton County Fire Rescue responded to the area of the Clyde B Wells Bridge after receiving a 911 call this morning around 7 a.m. 



Upon arrival, a male subject identified as Tyler Carpenter, 18, of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, was rescued from the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and released. The other occupant of the vessel, Robert Gregory, 41, of Mary Esther, FL, is still missing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrived on scene shortly thereafter and the scene was turned over to investigators from that agency. WCSO remained on scene and offered two boats and a helicopter to assist in the search.



FFR also assisted with their vessel. The FWC had 4 boats out on the water in the search for Gregory. Later in the afternoon, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team arrived to search the waters of the bay.

According to Stan Kirkland of the FWC, the two individuals launched a 12-14 ft. johnboat into the bay late last night to fish for flounder. It is unknown at what time the boat began to take on water and capsize. 



3:45 UPDATE: provided courtesy the Northwest Florida Daily News from reporters Angel McCurdy and Lauren Sage Reinlie. 



Officials are continuing to look for the missing Mary Esther man who fell out of his boat after it overturned early Monday.



Robert Gregory, 41, and his 18-year-old nephew, Tyler Carpenter from Fort Walton Beach, went out around 12:45 a.m. to gig for flounder in the Choctawhatchee Bay area.

The exact time is not known, but at some point their 14-foot aluminum boat began to take on water and then roll, according to Stan Kirkland, spokesman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

While in the water, the two men could only locate one life jacket. Kirkland said Carpenter was given the life jacket, which enabled him to swim closer to shore.

Carpenter was spotted around 7 a.m. yelling for help near the pilings by a motorist going over the Clyde B. Wells Bridge. He was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and later released.

First responders have been in the water and flying over the area since early Monday in an effort to locate the missing man.

The boat was found partially submerged on the northeast side of the bridge and had drifted some distance from where it actually rolled over, Kirkland said. He said investigators found nothing significant in the boat.



 



The Freeport Fire Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Walton County Sheriff’s Office remain at the scene.



1:25 p.m. UPDATE



FWC has taken over the case.  WCSO is still assisting.  FWC has four boats on scene, WCSO has two boats and has used helicopter.  Teams are still searching the area.  One male was transported to a local hospital and released.  The search continues for the other male.



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Walton County Sheriff's Office was called out at 7 a.m. to rescue two individuals who had capsized a small boat east of Clyde B. Wells Bridge. 



Wendy Ammons with WCSO said two individuals on the jon boat capsized early in the morning, though she wasn't sure what time the accident happened nor the cause. 



"The call came in around 7 o'clock," she said, referring to the call report. 



One man has already been recovered and taken in for treatment. 



Ammons was unable to give any information about the condition of the first man, saying he was taken in for treatment as  "just a precaution to make sure he is OK." 



Fish and Wildlife, the Sheriff's Office, and Freeport Fire Department are on-scene to recover the second individual.  



As more information becomes available, we will update the story.